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GOP Kicks Off State Convention On Long Island

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The Republican Party kicks off its convention today at Hofstra University on Long Island. Unlike the democrats, who began their state convention in Buffalo Tuesday, Republicans have no clear front runner in the races for governor or U.S. Senator and the delegates votes are expected to be close.

Former Assembly minority leader John Faso and former Massachusetts governor Bill Weld are fighting for the GOP's backing in the Governor's race. While Faso holds a slight lead in the polls, Weld says he's still optimistic.

"Uphill is how I know how to run best," he said. "The last time I ran for governor in Massachusetts, I got 20 percent of the vote at the convention. I barely made the ballot. I was 36 points behind with 2 months to go and I won the primary going away."

Former Reagan administration official "K.T." McFarland and former Yonkers mayor John Spencer are vying for their party's support for U.S. Senate to go up against incumbent Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Republican candidate for Attorney General Jeanine Pirro, who is running uncontested, received the GOP nomination early Wednesday.

Wednesday night, a "goodbye" party will be held for Governor George Pataki at the convention, as he gets ready to leave office after 12 years in the top job.

NY1 will provide ongoing coverage of the state Democratic and Republican conventions this week, including special editions of "Inside City Hall" nightly at 7 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.


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