Trump helps NY GOP gubernatorial candidate Zeldin raise another $1.5 million as polls against Hochul tighten


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Former President Donald Trump reportedly helped New York’s Republican gubernatorial candidate, Representative Lee Zeldin, raise an additional $1.5 million for his campaign to oust incumbent Democrat Kathy Hochul.

At a reception on Sunday at the Chera real estate family’s home in New Jersey, Trump pleaded for Zeldin, who has moved closer to former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s predecessor in the polls in recent days. general elections being still nine weeks away. November.

The New York Post reported that the event earned Zeldin a $1.5 million raise in campaign money.

Trump applauded Zeldin for helping him through “a number one impeachment hoax and a number two impeachment hoax and many scams,” including efforts to have Joe Biden’s 2020 victory overturned.

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Republican gubernatorial candidate Lee Zeldin speaks during his ‘Save New York’ rally at Brighton Beach on August 03, 2022, in Brooklyn, New York.
(John Lamparski/Getty Images)

“I had these maniacs against me. It was one of those great voices,” Trump said Sunday, according to a recording obtained by the Post. “Go support Lee Zeldin.”

Trump also noted his administration’s move of the US Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, adding that the former president has backed Zeldin, who is Jewish, since he first ran for Congress in 2014.

“There are people you meet in politics and call friends. These are the people who show up the day after you win. They tell you they were there the whole time. I’m pretty sure they weren’t. But then they’re our friends,” Zeldin said at the event. “He’s with strong supporters and supporters — people who believe in him, people who believe his policies are good for America and his policies are still good for America to this day.”

New York Governor Kathy Hochul speaks during a press conference on August 03, 2022 in New York City.

New York Governor Kathy Hochul speaks during a press conference on August 03, 2022 in New York City.
(Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

The campaign filing in mid-July showed Hochul had $11.7 million in campaign funding, compared to Zeldin’s $1.6 million.

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Trump did not endorse Zeldin before the crowded GOP primary in New York in June.

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