- Governor Kathy Hochul was dominant. She earned over 65% of the vote and won in each of New York’s 62 counties. Her vote share exceeded her predecessor’s wins in 2018 and 2014 and she did it in a three-way race. Impressive.
- Member of Congress Lee Zeldin was strong in a four-way Republican primary. He ran up his margin in Upstate and in Long Island, two key battle grounds for November.
- Lieutenant Governor Antonio Delgado also cruised to victory in the Democratic Primary, an important win against two impressive opponents in a campaign he joined late. Former New York Police Inspector Alison Esposito won the Republican Primary for LG making her the first openly gay candidate to win a statewide primary in New York.
- Progressives had high hopes in several Assembly primaries, but came up short in most of the races. One notable exception was Sarahana Shrestha besting long time Assembly Insurance Chair Kevin Cahill in the Hudson Valley. Mary Jane Shimsky has both WFP and local establishment support in her victory over incumbent Tom Abinanti. Incumbent and long time Albany presence Jose Rivera also lost his seat.
Governor Kathy Hochul’s historic and resounding win on Primary Day along with a strong victory by Republican candidate for governor, Lee Zeldin will pit the two against each other in the November election.
What are the takeaways from the first of two primaries in New York, statewide and locally? Watch our Jack O’Donnell‘s analysis on News 4 Buffalo and a clip from Hochul’s victory speech here. More political insight from Jack on News 4 Buffalo with Jacquie Walker and Don Postles here.