ROCHESTER—All three Republican candidates for U.S. Senate have qualified for the GOP’s primary ballot, the party decided at its convention Friday, Gannett’s Jon Campbell reports.
Manhattan attorney Wendy Long, Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos and Queens Rep. Bob Turner all received at least 25 percent of the vote from county delegates, ensuring their spot on the ballot for the state’s June 26th primary.
The three candidates will compete to be the Republicans’ designee to take on Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand in November for a full six-year term.
Long, a conservative attorney who once served as a law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, received the largest slice of the vote, garnering 47 percent of the delegates’ endorsements on the party‘s first ballot.
She garnered much of her support upstate, grabbing unanimous endorsements from the delegates in Erie, Monroe, Broome and Chemung counties, among others.
Maragos garnered 27 percent of the vote and, Turner, who won a special election last year to replace former Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner, received about 25 percent.
Here’s Rye Supervisor Joe Carvin talking about his decision to leave the race this morning.
Updated: And here’s former Gov. George Pataki talking about Monroe County Maggie Brooks’ possible run for Congress. “I hope so,” when asked if she should run for Congress.