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Hochul, Benjamin frontrunners in race for governor, lieutenant

New York State Lieutenant Governor Brian Benjamin has raised $1.6 million since he was appointed to the position in September 2021 by Governor Kathy Hochul. Benjamin is hoping to win a full term in the election later this year.

The race for governor and lieutenant governor are separate primaries, though Benjamin and Hochul plan on running together come the general election, according to the New York State of Politics blog.


Meanwhile, Hochul has raised a record $21.6 million with 87.6% of donations coming from New York, including from all 62 counties. Hochul’s challenger, Representative Tom Suozzi of Long Island, reports having $5.2 million cash on hand compared to Hochul’s $21.3 million.

Andrew Giuliani, former Trump official and son of Rudy Giuliani, remains the best-known Republican challenger, according to a poll out of Siena College.



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