Lazio to Withdraw from Conservative Line in Governor's Race

Move should help Tea Party Republican Carl Paladino

Monday, Sep 27, 2010  |  Updated 1:56 PM EDT
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Lazio to Withdraw from Conservative Line in Governor's Race

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Rick Lazio speaks after being endorsed for governor of the state of New York by former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani.

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Conservative Party candidate Rick Lazio on Monday withdrew from the race for New York's governor, a decision that helps the chances of the tea party candidate who beat Lazio in the Republican primary.

Lazio told The Associated Press that he wants to continue to influence the race and bring a workable job-creation program into a contest he says has devolved into name-calling between Republican Carl Paladino and Democrat Andrew Cuomo.

Polls show Paladino rising against the once seemingly unassailable Cuomo, but the latest survey showed Lazio taking 8 percent of voters, most of whom would likely go to Paladino and cut into Cuomo's lead, said Marist College pollster Lee Miringoff.

No Republican in New York has won statewide office since 1974 without Conservative Party support and a candidate running only on the Conservative line hasn't won statewide since the 1960s, when James Buckley won a U.S. Senate seat.

The Conservative Party line has been crucial for Republicans who hope to attract Democratic and independent voters.

With Lazio's departure, the Conservative Party has until Tuesday put in a substitute candidate. The party's candidate for governor must get 50,000 votes to maintain its automatic ballot line for the next four years and the influence that provides to political discourse in New York.

If Paladino's name replaces Lazio's on the Conservative ballot line then Conservatives will be able to vote for Paladino if they wish, on the conservative line.  

Conservative Party Chairman Michael Long has said his goal isn't simply to be on the winning side in elections, but to continue a conservative voice in New York politics.

Lazio said he'll continue to watch the election.

"I believe strongly that Andrew Cuomo cannot bring change, but I remain unconvinced that Carl Paladino will bring the improvement that New York needs," he told the AP.

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