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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
Tea Party Ally Wins GOP Nomination for NY Gov.
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)

(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. (Read more Rick Lazio stories.)

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