Kathy Hochul Secures Reelection Bid in New York
(TheRedWire.com) – In August 2021, then-New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) resigned from office in disgrace over allegations of sexual harassment. Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) ascended to the highest office in the state after his departure and promised she would bring transparency back to the governor’s office. Since assuming the governorship, she’s tried to portray herself as a fresh face ready to lead the Empire State post-pandemic. On Tuesday, November 8, New York voters made history by selecting her as their first elected female governor. She defeated Long Island Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY).
Hochul raised a staggering $50 million, using it to portray Zeldin as “extreme and dangerous” due to his relationship with former President Donald Trump and for voting against certifying the 2020 Electoral College results. Despite her attack ads, the GOP candidate still came close to defeating the incumbent governor.
PROJECTION: Kathy Hochul, who became New York's governor when her predecessor Andrew Cuomo resigned amid scandal, defeated GOP challenger Lee Zeldin on Tuesday.https://t.co/qoaY56eZKU
— NEWSMAX (@NEWSMAX) November 9, 2022
In the campaign’s final months, Zeldin ran on out-of-control violent crime as the issue took center stage across New York. A drive-by shooting injured two teenagers outside his home in late October. Recently, Hochul started talking more about public safety and said she would deploy officers to help secure New York City’s subways. Additionally, the governor blamed the crime wave on Republicans and the US Supreme Court for their opposition to gun control.
On Thursday evening, polls had tallied more than 95% of the votes. Hochul led Zeldin 52.9% to 47.1%.
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