- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 9, 2018

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The leader of New York’s Republican Party remains upbeat about the GOP’s chances against Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo this fall, even though the number of potential Republican candidates continues to shrink.

Party Chairman Ed Cox told reporters Wednesday that he is confident Republicans will have a strong challenger to go against Cuomo, who plans to seek a third term.

Last week businessman Harry Wilson and Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro announced they would not run. Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb of Canandaigua and former Erie County Executive Joel Giambra have announced campaigns, and Sen. John DeFrancisco of Syracuse says he’s considering a run.

Cox met with party leaders from around the state in Albany Wednesday. He says it’s possible more names could emerge.


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