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Erie GOP bets correctly on Wendy Long

Manhattan attorney Wendy Long posted a convincing victory Tuesday in a three-way race for the GOP Senate nomination, easily knocking off Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos and Rep. Bob Turner of Queens.

Long, indeed, emerged as the "upstate candidate," winning handily in place like Erie County with 63 percent of the vote. That compared to 29 percent for Turner and 8 percent for Maragos.

She now will face incumbent Democrat Kirsten E. Gillibrand in November.

But the win was especially sweet for Erie County Republican Chairman Nicholas A. Langworthy, who early on signed on with Long.

"She did really well upstate, and we were happy to contribute to her margin of victory," he said late Tuesday.

She was "welcomed" to the campaign by Assemblyman Keith L.T. Wright of Manhattan, co-chairman of the state Democratic Party.

"The Republican nominee is a candidate who supports wasteful tax subsidies for big oil and gas companies making record profits, at the expense of tax cuts for the middle class, won't protect our nation's commitment to Social Security and Medicare, will oppose a woman's right to choose and access to birth control, and is against equal rights for all New Yorkers” Wright said.

Let the games begin.

--Robert J. McCarthy

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