Turner loses Senate GOP primary bid in New York
June 27th, 2012
10:31 AM ET
11 years ago

Turner loses Senate GOP primary bid in New York

(CNN) - Rep. Bob Turner conceded defeat to Manhattan attorney Wendy Long in New York's Republican Senate primary on Tuesday.

Despite being notably out-spent by Turner and fellow contender Bob Maragos, Long captured the nomination and will face incumbent Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand this November.

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"I congratulate Ms. Long on her impressive victory tonight," Turner said in a statement late Tuesday night. "I pledge to work with Ms. Long to unite all Republicans and Conservatives in the effort to defeat Kirsten Gillibrand in November."

A recent poll showed Turner ahead in the race, which also included Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos.

According to the Siena Research Institute survey released in early June, Turner had the backing of 16% of Republican voters, while Long came in second at 11% and Maragos places third with 3%.

However, a whopping 70% of respondents said they didn't know or had no opinion.

Turner is best known in the political world for winning the 2011 special election to replace former Rep. Anthony Weiner, who resigned last summer in the wake of scandal. Turner pulled a surprising blowout by winning the solidly Democratic district.

He announced his Senate run in March after his district faced elimination in the state's redistricting process.

Heading into the primary, Turner had strong support from New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who recorded robo calls and sent emails urging voters to turn out for the candidate.

Gillibrand's campaign quickly put out a fund-raising email after Long's victory Tuesday night.

"I know you're thinking what I'm thinking – there's no way we can lose a progressive champion like Kirsten to a right-wing ideologue like Long," the email stated, asking for money.

Nonpartisan political handicappers Charlie Cook and Stuart Rothenberg list the race as "solid" and "safe" for Gillibrand, who has garnered a national profile for her work on health care and benefits for veterans and first responders.

The Siena poll from early June showed Gillibrand way ahead of Long in a hypothetical match-up, 65% to Long's 22%.

Filed under: 2012 • Kirsten Gillibrand
soundoff (11 Responses)

    Sen. Gillibrand is going to win this race hands down. Her and Chuck will be the NY senators for a few more terms.

    June 27, 2012 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  2. Gurgyl

    Good news!!!!

    June 27, 2012 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  3. Al-NY,NY

    here's some advice to the GOP......save you money. There is NO CHANCE IN YOU KNOW WHERE you will even break 33% in the general election.

    June 27, 2012 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  4. Strategic Bob

    @ AI-NY,NY

    Stop it! Stop it right now.!!! You should be encouraging the GOP to waste its money. For two reasons. The first is that it will help stimulate the economy – get that money out of the 1%ers bank vaults and circulating. The second is that the more money the GOP wastes on sure losers, the less money they will have to spend in places where it might do them so good, and the country more harm.

    June 27, 2012 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  5. MTATL67

    There is no way the Republican candidates is going to unseat Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand. I live in Atlanta and even I know she has done a great job as Senator from New York.

    June 27, 2012 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  6. Ronda in Houston,TX

    A fool and his/her money is soon departed. GOPers, please keep spending and spending and spending.

    June 27, 2012 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  7. Obama Mama

    It will take 3 of them to beat Gillibrand?

    June 27, 2012 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  8. NVa Native

    Is there a consevative that is not a repub, or a Repub who is not a consevative – no.
    It's kind of like not all Repubs are rascist, but all racists are Repubs/conservatives/tee-heads.
    So what is it that Long claims shes going to unite?

    June 27, 2012 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  9. Ken in MO

    Don't take the Dem's victory as a given. We need to fight hard to keep her and President Obama in office. Hopefully we will gain more seats.

    June 27, 2012 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  10. drod

    The wave to defeat all Republicans is gaining momentum. The Tea Potty is dead. When was the last time you saw a TP rally? When was the last time you saw Bush with any Republican runnign for any office including dog catcher. Has anyone ever taken a pic of Bush and Rummy together? I think there's a standing secret service order that prohibits that.

    June 27, 2012 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  11. Etch-A-Sketch Mitt RobMe Say_Nothing -Do_Nothing_Flip_n_Flopper VULTURE CAPITALIST

    Despite being notably out-spent by Rep. Bob Turner and fellow contender Bob Maragos, Wendy Long still WON!!!

    Come Nov, Etch-A-Sketch Mitt RobMe will find out loud and clear that his SuperPACs & the Koch Brothers/Anderlson/Wall Streets MOINEY can't buy you votes!!!!

    June 27, 2012 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |