rick Rick Lazio Drops Out of N.Y. Governor's Race

Rick Lazio on The Early Show  (CBS)

(AP)  The unpredictable race for governor in New York got wilder Monday after Conservative Party candidate Rick Lazio withdrew, boosting the chances of the tea party Republican who is taking on the once-unassailable Democratic nominee, Andrew Cuomo.

Going against political tradition, however, Lazio refused to endorse Carl Paladino, the Buffalo developer who beat Lazio in the Republican primary. Both Republican and Conservative leaders have tried to derail Paladino’s campaign, which has been fueled by rhetoric including his intention to take “a baseball bat to Albany.”

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