GOP Rep. Lee Zeldin to Face Dem Gov. Hochul in November Midterm Rep. Lee Zeldin, R-N.Y. (Bill Clark/AP)
By Eric Mack | Tuesday, 28 June 2022 10:15 PM
Rep. Lee Zeldin, R-N.Y., has held off a four-candidate field for the GOP gubernatorial nomination to face Democrat Gov. Kathy Hochul in the November midterm election.
Decision Desk HQ called the race for Zeldin at 10:03 p.m. ET, just over an hour after polls closed.
Hochul was propelled into the governor’s office last year when former Gov. Andrew Cuomo resigned amid sexual harassment allegations.
Hochul is hoping to become the first woman to win election to the New York governor's office this fall. She will enter the general election campaign with a big advantage, running as the incumbent with a heavy fundraising advantage in a state that has more than twice as many registered Democrats than Republicans and has not had a GOP governor in 16 years.
Zeldin held off a game effort from Andrew Giuliani, the son of New York's former mayor.
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 who voted against certifying the 2020 election results.
His most high-profile challenger was Andrew Giuliani, the 36-year-old son of former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who frequently campaigned for his son.
Giuliani has never run for public office but worked as an aide in Trump’s White House and then as a commentator for Newsmax.