December 1, 2022

Hochul celebrates with Lieutenant Governor Antonio Delgado at a midterm election night party after winning re-election in New York on Tuesday, November 8.
Hochul celebrates with Lieutenant Governor Antonio Delgado at a midterm election night party after winning re-election in New York on Tuesday, November 8. (Brendan McDermid/Reuters)

According to the CNN project, New York Democratic Governor Kathy Hochul will win her first term by defeating Republican Congressman Lee Zeldin, who has developed into a surprisingly tense primary in the last few weeks.

Hochul’s victory gave the New York Democrats a nearly 20-year winning streak in statewide elections. A native of Buffalo, Hochul took over the top position in August 2021 after three-term governor Andrew Cuomo, who faced impeachment over a sexual harassment scandal, resigned. Although she was his lieutenant governor, Hochul and Cuomo never worked closely together and she moved quickly to eliminate his allies upon taking office.

Already the first female governor of New York, Hochul will now be the first to win the election. Zeldin, a conservative disciple of former President Donald Trump, launched a “law and order” campaign that focused almost entirely on fears of increased crime and the 2019 Criminal Justice Reform Act that made pretrial detention more difficult for judges. But he also capitalized on working-class concerns about environmental initiatives such as plans to raise car rates and frustration over the slow recovery of the economy in and around New York City after the worst Covid-19 pandemic. You enter a high-traffic urban area.

Hochul, who called on political activity in New York City, where Democrats typically need around 70% of the vote to ensure a statewide victory later in the campaign, hurt Zeldin for his anti-abortion stance and congressional vote throughout the election. I did. He opposes proving the election of President Joe Biden.

Like other Blue State Republicans, Zeldin has repeatedly argued that he has no plans to change abortion laws in New York. and abortion providers.

But Zeldin undermined his promise by proposing to appoint a like-minded state health commissioner to comment on anti-abortion groups. He backed it off, but hedged in an exclusive discussion with Hochul over whether he would fund the planned parents.

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