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Trump Endorses Republican Rep. Lee Zeldin In New York’s Governor Race Against Kathy Hochul

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Former President Donald Trump took to TRUTH Social Sunday to endorse Republican Rep. Lee Zeldin in the 11th hour in what’s now being considered an extremely close election to toss out Democrat New York Gov. Kathy Hochul.

“I have watched and known Congressman Lee Zeldin for many years. He is a great and brilliant lawyer who was a ‘must see’ for others in Congress when they had a complex legal problem that was holding up legislation,” Trump wrote on Sunday morning. “Lee was strong on the Border, Crime, our great Military & Vets (like few others!), and fought hard to protect our 2nd Amendment, and succeeded. Lee Zeldin is a WINNER who GOT THINGS DONE. He will be a GREAT Governor of New York, and has my Complete & Total Endorsement. GOOD LUCK LEE!”

Congressman Lee Zeldin, center, attends the annual Columbus Day parade on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan with his wife and 16-year-old twin daughters. (Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)

The endorsement comes just three weeks from Election Day and a week after a shooting outside of Zeldin’s home on Long Island added momentum to his tough-on-crime campaign.

The 11th-hour Trump endorsement could mean only one thing – that the former President is that confident in Lee Zeldin’s ability to finally oust the Hochul/Andrew Cuomo-led regime. Trump is notorious for putting his weight behind candidates that he believes have a real chance and typically refuses to endorse Republicans that he doesn’t feel will win. The fact that Trump just gave Zeldin his official stamp of approval should worry Kathy Hochul and the Democrats as their lead in the polls dwindles.

RealClearPolitics recently categorized the race between Hochul and Zeldin as a “toss-up.”

The outlet’s rolling polling average from Sept. 30 to Oct. 12 shows that Hochul is leading the Republican congressman by 5.3% with 7% of voters undecided on who they will vote for. The shift in polls amounts to a significant comeback for Zeldin, who was down in the polls by as much as 24 points in August.

Zeldin, a four-term lawmaker who represents New York’s 1st Congressional District, which covers the eastern half of Long Island, was formally endorsed by former Vice President Mike Pence during the Primary elections back in June.

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