Thursday, June 3, 2010

Blakeman, Valpass will faceoff in September primary

Democratic U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand will have to wait until September to find out who her challenger will be in November.

This from the Associated Press:

NEW YORK (AP) - Republican Senate candidates Bruce Blakeman and David Malpass have earned enough support to run in a September primary in New York.

Republicans meeting in Manhattan are choosing potential challengers to take on Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (KEHR'-sten JIL'-uh-brand).

Blakeman, a former Long Island lawmaker, and Malpass, a former Bear Stearns chief economist, gathered enough support from delegates in the first round of balloting to win spots on the Sept. 14 primary ballot.

A third candidate, former congressman Joe DioGuardi, didn't get enough votes for a primary line in the first round Thursday.

Republicans are balloting a second time to see if they can agree on a designated candidate.

Gillibrand was appointed last year to replace Hillary Rodham Clinton, who was named U.S. secretary of state.

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