Andrew Giuliani lost Tuesday’s Republican primary for New York’s governorship, and it wasn’t close. With 77 percent of the vote tabulated, Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.) had almost 44 percent of the vote in the primary (43.9 percent, to be exact), and Giuliani, who was second, had just 22.8 percent. The Associated Press called the race for Zeldin.
The only area in the entire state where Andrew led early Wednesday was around New York City, where he’d obviously be well-positioned for a boost among local Republicans based on name recognition alone, considering his father Rudy’s past stint as New York City mayor. With 94 percent of the vote tabulated in Queens, Giuliani had 49.2 percent of the vote there, while Zeldin had 30.1 percent. By early Wednesday, it didn’t appear as though Andrew or Rudy, who’s been campaigning for his son in the gubernatorial primary, had made a public statement acknowledging the younger Giuliani’s loss — which would obviously be in character, since it’s Rudy who helped lead the charge of nonsensical claims about the integrity of the last presidential election. There were no Twitter posts from either Andrew or Rudy addressing the loss by mid-morning on Wednesday.
The other day, Rudy shared a Twitter post from right-wing media figure Greg Kelly, who wrote, discussing a GOP primary debate: “WOW ! What the hell happened to Lee ZELDIN ? Crazy and defensive and MEAN. This is the THIRD DEBATE where he Cleary Lost. He’s got to brush up on his “skills”!!!!!” It’s remarkable for Rudy Giuliani — on-again, off-again right-hand man to Donald Trump — to complain about someone else being “Crazy” and “MEAN.” Zeldin, meanwhile, will face current New York Democratic Governor Kathy Hochul this fall. Hochul was lieutenant governor before the resignation of Andrew Cuomo, and she’s led the state since. Andrew Giuliani worked in the Trump administration but does not appear to have any experience at all in elected office despite his attempt to become the next governor of one of the largest states (in population terms) in the country.
In other Tuesday primary news, Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) unfortunately won by a healthy margin in her primary face-off with state Sen. Don Coram (R-Colo.). The Republican lean of Boebert’s district means she’ll likely be returning to Congress.
On a more positive note, Tina Peters — current clerk and recorder for Mesa County, Colorado, where she’s ordinarily tasked in that position with running local elections — lost the GOP primary for the state’s Secretary of State position. Peters is currently facing an array of over half a dozen felony criminal charges for her part in the covert copying of elections-related data from her county. The idea was that the data would show evidence of imaginary systematic election fraud, and Peters herself later spoke on-stage at an event showcasing supposed evidence of imaginary fraud put on by Mike Lindell. Three reports were also prepared hinging on data from the county, although none of these reports indicate systematic fraud problems. With over 95 percent of the vote reported, Peters got 28.3 percent of the vote in the GOP primary for Secretary of State. She was third.