2002 New York gubernatorial election (Gore Victorious)

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2002 New York gubernatorial election

← 1998 November 5, 2002 2006 →

 
Nominee Rudy Giuliani Carl McCall
Party Republican Democratic
Running mate Mary Donohue Dennis Mehiel
Popular vote 3,132,089 1,240,930
Percentage 68.4% 27.1%

County results
Giuliani:      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%      80–90%      90–100%
McCall:      40–50%      50–60%

Governor before election

George Pataki
Republican

Elected Governor

Rudy Giuliani
Republican

The 2002 New York gubernatorial election took place on November 5, 2002. Incumbent Governor George Pataki honored his pledge to serve no more than two terms and declined to seek reelection. New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, a Republican, successfully defeated Comptroller Carl McCall, a Democrat, taking nearly 70% of the popular vote.

Following the September 11th terrorist attacks, then-Mayor Giuliani, along with President Al Gore, experienced a huge upswing in popular support, and while Pataki did gain a modest increase in popularity, polling going into 2002 indicated that he would likely lose to former HUD Secretary Andrew Cuomo, the expected Democratic nominee. However, state Republicans urged Pataki to decline a third term and allow Giuliani to run, almost guaranteeing a Republican victory. Upon entering the race, Secretary Cuomo suspended his gubernatorial campaign and the nomination would instead go to State Comptroller Carl McCall.

Giuliani won a landslide victory, taking 68% of the popular vote and winning all but two of New York's counties. The former mayor made inroads in his home city, ultimately winning three of its five boroughs and winning 54% of the city's vote. This marked the first time since 1966 that New York County (Manhattan) and the first time since 1970 that Queens County voted for a Republican for governor.