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The Associated Press projects that Rep. Lee Zeldin has won the nomination for Republican governor of New York State.
Zeldin, a four-term lawmaker who represents New York’s 1st congressional district, which covers the eastern half of Long Island, dominated an area that also included Rob Astorino, the former Westchester County executive and running mate. governor of the GOP in 2014; Andrew Giuliani, who served in former President Donald Trump’s administration and is the son of former New York City Mayor and former Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani; and Harry Wilson, a businessman, investor and restructuring expert who poured millions of his own money into his bid for governor.
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Zeldin will now face Democratic Governor Kathy Hochul in November, the state’s former lieutenant governor who was sworn in last August as New York’s first female governor, after Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo resigned in disgrace amid multiple scandals.
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Then-Governor. George Pataki’s re-election in 2002, 20 years ago, was the last time a Republican won a gubernatorial election in the blue state of New York.