ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Republican state lawmaker Brian Kolb has dropped out of the race for New York governor.
The assemblyman said Friday that he decided he doesn't want to sacrifice time with his family in order to mount a long campaign. His decision leaves two Republicans in the race: state Sen. John DeFrancisco, of Syracuse, and former Erie County Executive Joel Giambra.
Kolb serves as the leader of the GOP minority in the Assembly. He is a resident of the city of Canandaigua in the Finger Lakes.
Early in his campaign Kolb acknowledged the challenges of defeating Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who is seeking a third term in the November election.
Democrats have a 2-to-1 advantage in party registration in New York. The last Republican elected governor was George Pataki in 2002.
(Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
- Kolb drops out of NY governor's race; GOP field now at 2
- Upstate Republican Brian Kolb announces bid for governor
- GOP hopeful formally kicks off campaign for NY governor
- Senior GOP state lawmaker files to run for NY governor
- Republican Harry Wilson opts out of NY governor's race
- Cuomo, Molinaro agree to 1-on-1 debate in NY governor's race
- Liberal group endorses Nixon over Cuomo in NY governor race
- Activist party backs Cynthia Nixon in NY governor's race
- Gillibrand, GOP challenger debate NY Senate race issues
- NY Republicans nominate Molinaro for governor