Three GOP candidates win place on June primary ballot

Mary Altaffer - AP

Three candidates will be on the ballot in the Republican primary race for the US Senate seat now held by Kirsten Gillibrand.  New York City Attorney Wendy Long received the most votes, with around 47%, followed by Congressman Bob Turner and Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos, who both received just over the 25% required to avoid seeking petitions. 

Congressman Bob Turner jumped into the race late, after he was redistricted out of the seat he won in a special election after Congressman Anthony Weiner resigned. Turner says he intends to go after Senator Kirsten Gillibrand “full blast”.

“I think she is very vulnerable,” said Turner. “As a Senator she has one of the most undistinguished records there.”

Turner says Gillibrand is associated with “high taxes, high deficits”, and what opponents of the health care act call “Obamacare”.

Turner says he needs $15 million dollars to run a credible campaign against Gillibrand,  but he say the “well heeled” think the race is winnable, and he expects donations to come in.

A statement from the state Democratic Party calls Turner and other potential GOP nominees “extreme conservative candidates”.