Tea Party Ally Wins GOP Nomination for NY Gov.
Paladino pulls off upset over GOP establishment
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 14, 2010 10:37 PM CDT
Carl Paladino, visits the Altamont Fair in Altamont, NY. Paladino has beaten the Republican designee in the race for the party's nomination for New York governor.   (AP Photo/Tim Roske, File)
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(Newser) – Tea Party ally Carl Paladino has pulled off a major upset and won a landslide victory in New York's Republican primary for governor. The Buffalo businessman, a political novice, defeated former Rep. Rick Lazio by a wide margin, the AP reports. Lazio had the firm backing of the state's GOP establishment and Paladino forced a primary by circulating petitions after failing to win enough votes at the state's GOP convention. Paladino will now face the state's Democratic attorney general, Andrew Cuomo, in November.