Republicans cautiously optimistic about unseating New York Democrat Kathy Hochul

Republicans in deep blue New York are cautiously hopeful that a midterm red wave will put them in charge of the state for the first time in almost 20 years.

New York Post columnist Michael Goodwin is among those predicting that the GOP’s primary frontrunner, Rep. Lee Zeldin (NY), has a serious chance of unseating incumbent Democratic Governor Kathy Hochul, Fox News reported.

Hochul could be unseated

Zeldin, a congressman from suburban Long Island, faces Andrew Giuliani, the son of Rudy Giuliani and a family friend of Donald Trump, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, and businessman Harry Wilson in a June 28 primary. Trump hasn’t endorsed any of them.

Goodwin told the Brian Kilmeade Show that he expects Zeldin to win the primary and possibly the general, citing Joe Biden’s poor approval ratings and a “demoralized” voter base on the Democratic side.

“We’ll see how he does … but I think this is a year when Republicans can win the governor’s race in New York,” Goodwin said.

New York hasn’t had a Republican governor since George Pataki left office in 2006, but rising crime in the state and political headwinds for Democrats nationally have many Republicans saying Hochul is vulnerable in midterms elections that heavily favor the GOP.

Democrats received a dark omen last year when Republicans elected a governor in Virginia and came within striking distance of ousting Hochul’s Democratic counterpart in neighboring New Jersey, Phil Murphy.

Primary approaches

The New York Post has endorsed Zeldin, calling him the most experienced choice, but the paper noted he appeared “rattled” at moments during a debate Monday night where he was the target of attacks from his rivals.

Giuliani, who participated remotely because of a vaccine mandate, brought up past comments where Zeldin called Trump’s remarks racist.

Zeldin, an early backer of Trump in 2016 who gained a reputation in Congress as one of his firmest allies, responded that Trump was a “great president” and accused Giuliani of thinking he is entitled to be governor.

Concerning Trump and the 2020 election, Zeldin and Astorino said Americans will never know for sure who won. Giuliani said Trump is the rightful president, calling the election among the “greatest crimes in American history.” Wilson was the only candidate to say Joe Biden won legitimately.

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