(PresidentialHill.com)- New York GOP Chairman Nick Langworthy defeated the bombastic businessman Carl Paladino Tuesday in the Republican primary race for New York’s 23rd District.
By Wednesday, with 93 percent of the districts reporting, Langworthy had 51.1 percent of the vote to Paladino’s 46.9 percent.
The 76-year-old Paladino conceded the race on Wednesday, vowing to “always advocate for Western New York.
While Langworthy received the endorsements of several prominent Republicans both in New York and in Washington, New York Congresswoman Elise Stefanik defied her colleagues and backed Paladino in the race.
Paladino styled himself as a “Trump Republican” and both candidates invoked their connections to Trump during the campaign. However, the former president, who knows both men well, remained neutral in the race.
During the primary campaign, it was revealed that Paladino’s company was employing a convicted sex offender who also worked as an “assistant treasurer” on his campaign. His campaign said the man’s name was listed on campaign records in error, but confirmed that he was employed by Paladino’s company.
Opposition for Paladino came from all quarters.
While Stefanik backed him, Indiana Republican Congressman Jim Banks, the chairman of the House Republican Study Committee, endorsed Langworthy, calling him a “true conservative” who will fight back against Nancy Pelosi and Joe Biden’s radical policies.
In the week leading up to the primary, the group, American Liberty Action PAC, flooded NY-23 with attack ads in a last-ditch effort to defeat Paladino.
American Liberty Action’s FEC documents list the group’s Treasurer as Charles Gantt, who a decade ago worked on Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign.
Paladino accused Langworthy of being behind the attack ads, claiming he had enlisted the “Never Trump-backed shady Super PAC.”
Nick Langworthy is favored to win in the November general election where he will face Democrat Max Della Pia since District 23 is considered one of the most conservative districts in New York, covering the Southern Tier and the Buffalo suburbs.