New York State Republican Party leaders anointed Long Island Congressman Lee Zeldin as their “presumptive nominee” for governor following a straw ballot on Monday to tackle scandal-scarred three-term incumbent Andrew Cuomo or one other Democrat subsequent 12 months.
In the straw ballot, an amazing 85 % of county leaders mentioned they backed Zeldin whereas solely 5 % most popular former Westchester County Executive and 2014 gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino.
Rudy Giuliani’s son, Andrew, didn’t garner any assist whereas ten % of the leaders abstained.
Both Astorino and Andrew Giuliani vowed to soldier on and run as insurgents towards Zeldin to woo Republican voters and win the nomination.
Zeldin was thrilled that his early announcement for the nomination paid off.
“Since announcing our candidacy for governor, together we’ve built a groundswell of support inside and outside of politics from every corner of our state,” Zeldin mentioned.
“For so many New Yorkers, this is a last chance to Save Our State, to return New York
from the brink and restore it to glory. Today’s vote underscores that the Republican Party is united in this mission, and in November 2022, we will win because we have to win.”
A Republican has not gained a statewide race since 2002, when GOP Gov. George Pataki was elected a 3rd time period following the Sept. 11 assaults.
State Republican Party chairman Nick Langworthy mentioned Zeldin is their get together’s selection.
“Lee achieved 85 percent of the weighted vote. It was substantial, it was representing all regions. I think he really, truly earned this title of presumptive nominee,” Langworthy mentioned.
“I think this will give an added boost to his campaign as he goes to raise funds and build support both in the Republican party and cross over voters.”
Langworthy mentioned he didn’t count on Giuliani or Astorino to achieve success in mounting a main problem towards Zeldin.
“Donors are coming to me and saying, `we don’t want to waste our money on a primary.’ The task is too great. It’s so hard to win in a blue state. A primary would be a foolish expenditure of resources and I think donors would be far less likely to give. I think it’s very unrealistic,” he mentioned.
“There will be more and more support around Congressman Zeldin.”
Langworthy additionally mentioned he spoke to former President Donald Trump, who follows politics carefully in his native state, in regards to the motion towards Zeldin.
Zeldin additionally has the backing of the state Conservative Party, which supplies a vital poll line to right-leaning voters — a key for a Republican to have a shot at successful a state-wide race in Democratic-leaning New York.
“On behalf of the Conservative Party I wish to congratulate the GOP on declaring Congressman Lee Zeldin their presumptive nominee for Governor. In doing so the GOP and Conservative Party will be united in supporting Zeldin, fully 16 months before the 2022 gubernatorial election giving his campaign the time and resources to successfully challenge scandal-scarred Democrat Andrew Cuomo or whomever the Democrats decide to put up,” mentioned state Conservative Party chairman Gerard Kassar..
“The Conservative Party looks forward to campaigning with the Congressman in every corner of our state from now until Election Day 2022.”
Astorino vowed to wage a main regardless of the outcomes.
“The three million Republicans throughout New York will be deciding who the strongest candidate is in next June’s primary, not a few dozen party insiders, many of whom have told me they were pressured into making an endorsement they weren’t ready to make. This early straw poll is meaningless and eventually I’ll be the straw that breaks Cuomo’s back next November,” Astorino mentioned in an announcement.
Giuliani — who served as a White House aide to former President Donald Trump and whose marketing campaign issued its personal ballot on Sunday claiming he led Zeldin by eight factors amongst probably Republican voters statewide — dismissed the straw ballot outcomes. He mentioned the desire of rank-and-file Republican voters, not get together poohbahs, is what issues.
“It’s up to the 2.9 million registered Republicans in New York State,” Giuliani mentioned after the vote.
“We ultimately can win this thing. We present them [the voters] with the best chance for a Republican to take back New York. We can appeal to more crossover voters.”
Giuliani is holding two fundraisers, together with one Tuesday evening at Empire Steak House in Midtown. Former presidential candidate Steve Forbes is the featured speaker.