The Democratic governor faced a tougher-than-expected challenge from the Long Island congressman.

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Hochul drove Zeldin 54% to 46 percent with 81% of the votes counted around 12:30 a.m. Wednesday.

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. Her political decision was powered by areas of strength for a New York City, which the competitors both saw as key to their prosperity.

Zeldin declined to yield, saying there were as yet 1.4 million votes probably still to be included — especially in Suffolk Region on Lengthy Island where he is from and fills in as a congressmember.

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"It will be somewhat baffling for individuals from the media who absolutely never wanted us to be in dispute here in New York,

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 he told his diminishing horde of allies that had filled the open assembly hall of Cipriani's in midtown Manhattan.

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"What will happen is throughout the span of these next two or three hours you will see the race keep on drawing increasingly close and nearer," he proceeded.

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The race drew nearer than most gubernatorial challenges in the beyond twenty years after Zeldin's mission flooded as of late as electors directed their concentration toward public security and the economy.

Hochul, who took office in August 2021 after former Gov. Andrew Cuomo resigned amid sexual harassment allegations, has vowed to focus on housing,

 reducing gun violence and building economic opportunity in her first full term, as well as protecting abortion rights.