Representative Lee Zeldin won the Republican primary for governor in New York on Tuesday, according to a projection from the headquarters of the decision-making office.
Decision Bureau HQ Projects Lee Zeldin (@leezeldin) is the winner of the Republican gubernatorial nomination in New York.
Call of the race: 10:03 p.m. EDT
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– Decision Desk HQ (@DecisionDeskHQ) June 29, 2022
Zeldin defeated a crowded group of Republican challengers, including Andrew Giuliani, the son of former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Democratic donor Harry Wilson and Rob Astorino.
Zeldin’s victory on Tuesday night comes after maintaining a double-digit lead in recent polls. The Long Island-based U.S. Representative was seen as the hot favorite in the race after winning the New York GOP nomination at the party’s state convention earlier in the year.
Although former President Donald Trump did not endorse a candidate ahead of Tuesday night’s primary, Zeldin received former Vice President Mike Pence. approval less than a week ago.
When Zeldin began his campaign for governor of New York 14 months ago, the race was very different from what it is now. Initially, Zeldin was set to take on former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo if he won the GOP nomination.
Now Zeldin will take on New York Governor Kathy Hochul, who became state governor last August after Cuomo’s shameful resignation over sexual harassment allegations. Zeldin will have plenty of fundraising ground to make up for in November, as Hochul exits the primaries with a nearly $11 million campaign cash difference.
Hochul came under fire last month after asking the state legislature to change its election laws to allow former Lt. Gov. Brian Benjamin to be removed from the ballot following his criminal indictment.
Despite Astorino’s prior political experience, Giuliani’s name recognition, and Wilson’s millions of dollars in self-funding, Zeldin was still confident he would emerge from the primary as New York’s Republican candidate for governor. .
“When we got to the point where I was announcing April 8, 2021, my team and I had already planned the win backwards,” Zeldin said. Policy. “We had aspects of the campaign plan for November 7-8, 2022.”
“We thought about this race from 100,000 different dimensions and – it’s in our TV commercials. I’ve said it at rallies. I feel it personally even when I don’t express it publicly: I’m all totally into it; losing this race is not an option,” Zeldin added. “I believe winning this race for us is the only option, and with each passing day I’m more confident in the plan.”
After graduating from Albany Law School at age 23, Zeldin enlisted in the United States Army, where he served four years on active duty, including a tour of Iraq in 2006. After his military service, Zeldin ventured into politics.
Zeldin defeated an incumbent Democrat in 2010 when he was elected to the New York Senate. Zeldin again triumphed over an incumbent Democrat in 2014 when he joined the United States House of Representatives.
During the election campaign, Zeldin pledged to cut New York State taxes, opposed “woke indoctrination” in New York public schools, and promised to remove the district attorney from Manhattan funded by Soros, Alvin Bragg.