Lee Zeldin wins Republican Primary for governor

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) – U.S. Rep. Lee Zeldin won the Republican Party’s nomination to be New York governor on Tuesday.

Zeldin, an Army Reserve lieutenant colonel who has represented eastern Long Island in Congress since 2015, is a staunch ally of former President Donald Trump and was among the Republicans in Congress who voted against certifying the 2020 election results.

He defeated primary challenges from former Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, businessman Harry Wilson and Andrew Giuliani, the son of New York City’s former mayor Rudy Giuliani.

Zeldin will try in November to become the first Republican elected governor in New York since Gov. George Pataki was reelected in 2002.

Governor Republican Primary

Rob Astorino (R)

Astorino was a Republican candidate for Governor of New York in the 2014 elections. Rob Astorino lost the general election on November 4, 2014. Astorino has previously served on the Mount Pleasant Board of Education, the Mount Pleasant Town Board, and the Westchester County Board of Legislators. He was a two-term County Executive in Westchester County.

Andrew Giuliani (R)

Giuliani worked in the trump administration and is the son of former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

Harry Wilson (R)

Harry J. Wilson is an American businessman, former investor, and turnaround expert who has served in the U.S. Treasury Department under President Barack Obama and on the 2009 Auto Industry Task Force.

Lee Zeldin (R)

Zeldin is a member of the U.S. House, representing New York’s 1st Congressional District. He assumed office on January 3, 2015. His current term ends on January 3, 2023. Zeldin is an Army Reserve Lieutenant Colonel and just got endorsed by the New York Post.