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Hochul to face off against Zeldin for Governor

By Matt Shortall
Posted 7/1/22

NEW YORK — Incumbent Governor Kathy Hochul will go head to head against Rep. Lee Zeldin in this November’s gubernatorial race after registered Democrats and Republicans went to the …

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Hochul to face off against Zeldin for Governor


NEW YORK — Incumbent Governor Kathy Hochul will go head to head against Rep. Lee Zeldin in this November’s gubernatorial race after registered Democrats and Republicans went to the polls on Tuesday to cast their vote in primary elections to decide who will lead the charge for their party.

On the Democratic side, Incumbent Governor Kathy Hochul easily cruised to victory over her primary opponents - Long Island Congressman Tom Suozzi and New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Will­iams.

According to unofficial election results from  the New York State Board of Elections, Hochul received 575,159 votes (66.49 percent), followed by Williams with 164,409 votes (19.01 percent) and by Suozzi with 111,011 votes (12.83 percent).

“It has been the highest honor of my life to serve as your governor for the past 10 months,” Hochul said. “We passed nation-leading gun safety laws ... we will respond to the Supreme Court’s assault on my right as the Governor of New York to protect New Yorkers from concealed weapons ... We’ve gone on offense to protect abortion rights, increasing protection for providers, increased our funding, expanding our capacity and making the world know that New York State is a safe harbor for America’s women.”

On the Republican side, Lee Zeldin claimed victory with 194,387 votes (43.51 percent) followed by political commentator and advisor Andrew Giuliani with 101,102 votes (22.63 percent). Coming in third place in the Republican primary was former Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino with 80,822 votes (18.09 percent) followed by businessman Harry Wilson with 64,977 votes (14.54 percent).

“Kathy Hochul has now been warned that the people of New York are coming for her job at the ballot box this November,” Zeldin said in a statement on his primary victory. “We will secure our streets. We will make New York more affordable again. We will fight for our kids and our schools. We will fight to preserve freedom for our families to stay here and be strong.”

Hochul’s running mate, Lieutenant Governor Antonio Delgado, also claimed victory on Tuesday night by wide margins. Statewide, Delgado earned 493,000 votes (57.1 percent) followed by second place challenger Ana Maria Archila with 201,874 votes (23.34 percent) and Diana Reyna with 115,338 votes (13.34 percent).

“The stakes we face in November are unprecedented,” Deglado said. “The same dark forces undermining our freedoms and ripping apart the very fabric of our nation are now seeking power here. We’re in the fight of our lives. It’s a generational fight. But I believe we are ready for it. Because for much of what ails our country today, the antidote is here in our Empire State.”

On the Republican side, Zeldin will run alongside former NYPD Deputy Inspector Alison Esposito, who ran unopposed for the Republican Party’s lieutenant governor nomination.

“Big win [Tuesday] night by Congressman, Army Veteran, my partner on this journey to save our state, and New York’s next Governor Lee Zeldin!” Esposito said following Zeldin’s primary win. “It’s time for all of us to unite and work together to FIRE Kathy Hochul. The Zeldin-Esposito ticket is ready to fight for you to take back our state.

Sullivan County, by the numbers

The numbers statewide largely reflected sentiments here in Sullivan County.

According to unofficial results from the Sullivan County Board of Elections, Hochul emerged with 1,869 votes (79.03 percent) in her primary fight.

Delgado had previously represented New York’s 19th Congressional District, including all of Sullivan County, before stepping down once Gov. Hochul appointed him to the role of Lieutenant Governor in May.

Delgado took Sullivan County’s primary with 2,016 votes (86.71 percent).

The primary race was a little closer on the Republican side.

Rep. Zeldin, who was the keynote speaker at the Sullivan County Republican Committee Annual Dinner on October 15, won with 679 votes (36.1 percent) followed by Giuliani with 536 (28.50) and Astorino with 490 (26.05 percent).


The road ahead

Including the gubernatorial race to be decided this November, there is a busy election calendar across the Empire State.

There will be a special election on August 23 for the 19th Congressional District to fill the vacancy left when Delgado accepted the appointment as Lt. Gov.

As reported in the Democrat earlier this month, Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro is running against Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan to finish out the remainder of Delgado’s congressional term.

Also on August 23 is a Democratic primary for a full term serving the 19th congressional district. Ryan is not running in the primary and instead democratic voters will decide between Ithaca-based attorney Josh Riley and Dutchess County farmer and small business owner Jamie Cheney.

The winner of that primary will face off against Molinaro in November’s general election.


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