Hochul campaign declares ‘imminent victory’ in primary

ALBANY — Gov. Kathy Hochul’s campaign said a week before the Democratic gubernatorial primary that her “imminent victory … was not a downhill course.”

The prediction that she will win the primary was made in a press email the day after a similar outburst was sent to campaign supporters with the caveatous subject line, “We can’t take this race for granted”. He asked supporters to contribute financially to the campaign because “any amount will help Kathy Hochul win this primary (and) prepare for our upcoming challenges”.

In the press email sent Tuesday night by Hochul’s campaign, he boasted that the governor had “raised a historic $34 million in 10 months” and that she had “$12.7 million cash towards the home stretch of the primary and a solid war chest to help kick off the general election.”

Hochul’s campaign has garnered nearly twice as much as all other campaigns, including Democratic and Republican candidates, since entering the race.

The lengthy email detailed Hochul’s campaign spending across a wide range of paid advertising, including TV, radio and digital platforms.

“With one week to go, Governor Kathy Hochul is on course for a dominant victory in the New York gubernatorial primary and will enter the general election with momentum and broad support thanks to her decisive leadership and ability to solve the problems of New Yorkers in a collaborative way,” reads the campaign email, attributed to campaign manager Brian Lenzmeier.

Jason Elan, spokesman for U.S. Rep. Tom Suozzi, one of Hochul’s Democratic challengers, said Hochul’s campaign memo “reads exactly like his term; ‘insiders to raise $30 million from those who do business with the state, while serious issues like crime, taxes and affordability are barely mentioned.’

“Tom Suozzi has built a core of supporters across the state who are excited to vote for him because they know that not only is he the only Democratic candidate with the experience and executive record to fight the crime and taxes, but he’s our best bet to defeat any of the Republicans in November,” Elan added.

Early voting in the race began on Saturday and continues through Sunday. The results of these declarations are not yet public. The official gubernatorial primary for both parties is June 28 and also features candidates for lieutenant governor and some Assembly races if a voter is registered with a major party.

Hochul is also facing a Democratic challenge from New York public attorney Jumaane Williams, D-Brooklyn. Suozzi took the moderate route in the race while Williams is the progressive candidate for the Working Families Party.

The campaign email explosion came hours after the New York Times published an article with the title: “Will Kathy Hochul’s low-key primary come at a cost? Allies fear it will.” The story details concerns about voter outreach for Hochul’s campaign by influential Democrats in the state, including former U.S. Representative Charles B. Rangel of Harlem.

The Times story also noted concerns among political insiders about Lt. Governor Antonio Delgado’s viability of winning the election after he left Congress weeks ago to accept Hochul’s nomination to be his new lieutenant governor. following the indictment and resignation of the former lieutenant governor. Brian Benjamin. Progressive activist Ana Maria Archila of Brooklyn is considered a legitimate candidate for lieutenant governor and has been campaigning for months.

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