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Results from yesterday’s primary elections for state and federal offices were released throughout today. Most notably, Buffalo-area real estate developer Carl Paladino defeated former congressman Rick Lazio by a roughly two-to-one margin in the Republican primary for the gubernatorial election. Mr. Paladino will face Attorney General and Democratic candidate Andrew Cuomo in the general election in November.

In the race for Attorney General, state Senator Eric Schneiderman (D-Bronx) appears to have won a closely contested Democratic primary, narrowly edging Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice. Each won more than 30% of the vote, with the remaining votes going to trial lawyer Sean Coffey, Assemblyman Richard Brodsky (D-Elmsford), and former State Insurance Department Superintendent Eric Dinallo.

There were also important races for the state Senate, many of which will be important to determining which party claims the Senate majority in the November general elections.

In the state Senate, incumbent Senator William Stachowski (D-Buffalo) lost his primary to Timothy Kennedy, a member of the Erie County Legislature. Mr. Kennedy will face Republican candidate Assemblyman Jack Quinn (R-Blasdell) in the general election for Senate District 58. This race will be a critical race in the battle over state Senate control.

Other incumbents who lost their primary races include Senator Pedro Espada (D-Bronx), who lost to challenger Gustavo Rivera in Senate District 33; Assemblymember Francine Delmonte (D-Niagara Falls), who lost to John Accardo in Assembly District 138; and Ginny Fields (D-Bayport), who lost to Ken Mangan in District 5.

Assemblyman Greg Ball won the Republican primary for the seat vacated by Senator Vincent Leibell (R-Brewster). In the general election for Senate District 40, Mr. Ball will face Democratic candidate Mike Kaplowitz, who is a member of the Westchester County Board of Legislators.

Former Erie County Sheriff Patrick Gallivan narrowly won the Republican primary to replace retiring Senator Dale Volker in Senate District 59. Mr. Gallivan will face Democratic candidate Cynthia Appleton, a Warsaw village trustee, in the general election.

In Senate District 53, Assemblyman Tom O’Mara (R-Elmira) defeated Assemblyman James Bacalles (R-Bath) in the Republican primary for the seat vacated by retiring Senator George Winner. Mr. O’Mara will take on Democratic candidate Pam Mackesey in the general election.

In federal election news, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) easily won her Democratic primary election and in the general election will face Republican candidate and former Congressman Joe DioGuardi, who won his primary challenge against Bruce Blakeman and David Malpass. This election will fill the remaining two years of the term started by Hillary Clinton, who stepped down as U.S. Senator to become Secretary of State. U.S. Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) did not have a primary challenge, and will face Republican candidate Jay Townsend in the general election.

Also of note, Representatives Charles Rangel and Carolyn Maloney both won their Democratic primary challenges for the U.S. House of Representatives. Contact: Nicholas Henley

Published September 15, 2010