Attorney Wendy Long handily won the Republican nomination for New York's Senate seat, and will face Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., in the November general election.
With 57 percent of precincts reporting, the Associated Press called the race for Long. She led GOP Rep. Bob Turner, 55 percent to 34 percent, with Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos in a distant third place at 11 percent.
The upstart Long, waging her first campaign, received the backing of the state Conservative party, a development that gave her momentum in a low-turnout race. She also won endorsements from former Senate and gubernatorial candidate Rick Lazio and 2010 gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino.
Long campaigned as the most conservative candidate in the field while Turner emphasized electability above ideology. Though he labeled himself a conservative, he also claimed he could win a significant chunk of Democrats from New York City.
Long will face Gillibrand in the November general election, as the senator vies for a full, six-year term. She will have to contend with the freshman senator's $9.1 million warchest and a lengthy losing streak from New York Republicans.
The results ensure that Turner's career in Congress will be brief. Turner won plaudits from Republicans for winning a special election last year to succeed disgraced Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner, but then saw his district eliminated during the redistricting process this year, leading him to run for the Senate.