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NYS GOP: Zeldin Presumptive Gubernatorial Nominee

Lee Zeldin
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Lee Zeldin

Republican Party officials gathered in Albany for a second time Monday to screen candidates for 2022’s race for governor. Lee Zeldin is now being called the presumptive nominee.

The state committee says a straw poll among attendees showed 85 percent favor Long Island Congressman Zeldin, with 5 percent backing former Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino. 10 percent abstained.

The potential field also includes Andrew Giuliani.

On Twitter, Astorino, the 2014 nominee, dismissed the straw poll and said he is the strongest candidate to face Governor Andrew Cuomo – a Democrat who wants to seek a fourth term next year.

Zeldin has been locking up local support a year out from the primary. George Pataki in 2002 was the last Republican to win a statewide election in New York.

A lifelong resident of the Capital Region, Ian joined WAMC in late 2008 and became news director in 2013. He began working on Morning Edition and has produced The Capitol Connection, Congressional Corner, and several other WAMC programs. Ian can also be heard as the host of the WAMC News Podcast and on The Roundtable and various newscasts. Ian holds a BA in English and journalism and an MA in English, both from the University at Albany, where he has taught journalism since 2013.
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