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Rice out; Lazio snubbed GOP nod in governor race.

Even though Kathleen Rice overwhelmingly defeated her four opponents in Nassau County, she lost the bid for Attorney General by 2 percent to State Sen. Eric Schneiderman, D-Manhattan.

The Nassau County District Attorney garnered 188,298 votes, while Schneiderman received 201,805, Eric Coffey received 97,557 votes, Richard L. Brodsky earned 57,906 votes and Eric R. Dinallo received 46,267 votes. Schneiderman will face Staten Island District Attorney Dan Donovan for the right to succeed Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, who is running for governor.

Gubernatorial candidate Rick Lazio from Long Island pulled away with the Nassau vote as well, however in the end, Carl P. Paladino nabbed the Republican nomination. Paladino received 272,898 votes, while Lazio earned 166,656 votes. Lazio did, however, win the Conservative party line with more than 60 percent of the vote. He and Paladino will face Democratic nominee Andrew Cuomo at the polls in November.

Candidates Respond

Rice issued the following concession statement: "Running for statewide office has indeed been like running a marathon, but I'm privileged to have a job I love, and tomorrow I'll be at work in the district attorney's office fighting Nassau County's most serious problems with more energy than ever."

Lazio, while pleased with his Conservative nod, offered the following statements about his loss to Paladino.

"Many of the issues that Carl Paladino was running on, I embrace– to cap property taxes, rejuvenate the New York economy, get rid of wasteful spending and clean up Albany. That hasn't changed because of the result tonight. Tonight we came up short on the Republican side and that is a disappointment. While we wish there was a different outcome, we're proud of the quality of this campaign."

(Editor's Note: These are unofficial results as reported by the Nassau County Board of Elections.)


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