Hochul, Zeldin win primaries, setting up November election

Hochul, Zeldin win primaries, setting up November election
(l to r) Governor Kathy hochul and U.S. Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley) both secured nominations for their respective party's primary Tuesday night. (Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

Gov. Kathy Hochul secured the Democratic nomination Tuesday night, easily defeating challengers U.S. Rep. Tom Suozzi (D-Glen Cove) and New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams.

Hochul will face U.S. Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley) on Nov. 8 in the state’s general election for governor. Zeldin secured the Republican nomination, easily besting Andrew Giuliani, former Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino and businessman Harry Wilson.

 It’s the honor of my life serving as your governor, New York. I’m humbled to accept the Democratic nomination and continue fighting to move our state forward — together,” Hochul tweeted Tuesday night. 

Zeldin said Hochul’s job is at stake following his win.

Kathy Hochul has now been warned that NYers are coming for her job at the ballot box this November,” Zeldin tweeted. “We will secure our streets. We will make NY more affordable again. We will fight for our kids & our schools. We will fight to preserve freedom. We are ALL IN!”

With 97.3 % of the districts reporting, Hochul had 66.48% of the 863,915 total votes cast, according to the state Board of Elections. Suozzi and Williams secured 12.83% and 19.02% of the vote, respectively. 

In Nassau County, Hochul received 61.19% of 53,488 total votes. Suozzi and Williams secured 29.93% and 7.38% of the vote respectively. All 1,156 election districts in the county have been reported.

At the time of print, Zeldin had secured 43.53% of 443,637 total votes with 12,404 of 12,804 election districts reported. 

Astorino, Giuliani and Wilson secured 18.08%, 22.62% and 14.52% of the vote respectively. 

In Nassau, Zeldin secured 57.49% of 49,254 total votes. Astorino, Giuliani and Wilson earned 9.87%, 24.82% and 6.61% of the votes, respectively. All 1,156 election districts have been reported. 

Hochul will look to become the first female governor of the state elected to a full four-year term after being promoted from lieutenant governor following Andrew Cuomo’s resignation last August. 

Former U.S. Rep. Antonio Delgado will be Hochul’s running mate for lieutenant governor, a position he is serving in currently.

Zeldin’s running mate is Alison Esposito, the deputy inspector at the 70th precinct in Brooklyn. 

Hochul was a representative in the state’s 26th Congressional District from 2011 to 2013 before becoming lieutenant governor.

The governor said she has “prioritized keeping our communities safe, bringing down the cost of living for New Yorkers, and investing in schools to get our kids back on track,” according to her website.

Prior to his current role in Congress, Zeldin was a state senator for the 3rd Senate District on Long Island from 2010 to 2015.  

Zeldin said when he was endorsed by the state’s Republican Party earlier this year that he favored furthering efforts to support law enforcement officials, eliminate cashless bail and enact a voter ID law.

Following his loss, Suozzi told supporters at Glen Cove’s Garvies Point Brewery and Restaurant that he had conceded and congratulated Hochul at 9:45 p.m. 

Within an hour of Suozzi’s event starting, multiple media outlets projected Hochul as the winner.

Representatives from Suozzi’s campaign arrived at approximately 10:20 p.m. with Suozzi himself showing up to a loud crowd cheering his name about 10 minutes later. 

Suozzi said despite the result he will continue to hold Democrats accountable for what they were advocating. 

“We gave a voice to a lot of people who aren’t represented in politics,” Suozzi said. 

Suozzi continued reiterating many stances of his platform, adding that they will resonate with the public.

“As time goes on, people are going to recognize these messages are the important messages that people have to communicate to the public,” Suozzi said. “Because democracy is supposed to be that the elected officials do what the public wants.”

Suozzi’s running mate Diana Reyna, a former deputy borough president in Brooklyn and former City Council member for the 34th District, said their campaign was a wake-up call for the party.

“Our Democratic Party heard from us; all of us,” Reyna said. “We were letting them know they have to do a better job. It is important we are all participants in our government so that we can have a great state of New York.”

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