Nick Langworthy defeats Carl Palladino in ugly GOP primary

State GOP Chairman Nick Langworthy emerged victorious over bombastic businessman Carl Palladino after an ugly Republican primary in the redrawn Buffalo-area 23rd Congressional District.

Palladino easily carried his home base in Erie County, but was swamped by Langworthy in the rural counties.

With 93 percent of precincts counted, Langworthy had 51.1 percent of the vote, while Palladino had 46.9 percent, according to unofficial results from the state Board of Elections early Wednesday.

The fury of the contest forced the one-time conservative allies to give each other derisive nicknames, with Langworthy calling Palladino “Scary Carl” for refusing to debate, while Palladino countered with “Liar Langworthy.”

Carl Palladino had luck on his side during early voting with a double-digit lead.
Shauna Stanley for the NY Post

Upstate Rep. Elise Stefanik, the most powerful New York Republican in the House, has thrown her weight behind Palladino, the party’s 2010 gubernatorial nominee, despite a history of racist and bigoted remarks — which include praising Adolf Hitler. wish former President Barack Obama to die of mad cow disease and hope former First Lady Michelle Obama lives in a cave with a gorilla.

But much of the GOP establishment rallied around Langworthy, worried that Palladino’s caustic behavior would hurt the party in blue-leaning New York.

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