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DeFrancisco suspends GOP campaign for governor

Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro appeared to clinch the Republican nomination for governor Wednesday when his main intraparty rival suspended his campaign.

State Sen. John A. DeFrancisco of DeWitt said it is now evident to him that Molinaro will challenge Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo this fall. He acknowledged the case for his candidacy lost major ground earlier this week when the powerful Nassau County GOP endorsed Molinaro.

“With the chairs that were in my corner changing their endorsement, it makes my path forward very difficult at this point,” DeFrancisco told “I’m not going to get out of the race. But it’s just a fact of life that the chances are very slim, and Molinaro is going to be the nominee unless something very unexpected happens.”

Molinaro has been making steady progress in his quest for the GOP nod, including support from Erie County Republicans. The party is expected to make the nomination formal at its Manhattan convention in May.

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