NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) - New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo easily defeated Republican Carl Paladino to become the state's next governor.
Cuomo was projected the winner by The Associated Press shortly after 9 p.m. Tuesday over the Buffalo real estate developer in what could be considered a nasty gubernatorial race.
The heavily favored Cuomo will take the office his father, Mario Cuomo, occupied for three terms, from 1983-1994.
Cuomo ran a relatively quiet and cautious campaign compared to Paladino, who committed a series of gaffes, including assailing a New York Post editor for the newspaper's coverage of the daughter he fathered a decade ago with another woman, threatening the man if he sent any more "goons" to her house. Read more here.
Among Paladino's other campaign blunders: forwarding racist and sexually offensive e-mails and anti-gay rants, and alleging his opponent had cheated on his ex-wife.
Cuomo, a graduate of Fordham University in the Bronx and Albany Law School, is the father of three daughters, Mariah, Cara and Michaela.
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