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ABC News: Democrat Andrew Cuomo Will Take N.Y. Governor's Race

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- ABC News projects that Democratic candidate Andrew Cuomo will defeat Tea Party favorite Carl Paladino for the New York gubernatorial seat, in what has been a sometimes violent campaign of mudslinging from both sides.

In what was once a close race, Cuomo, the current attorney general, slowly crept up in the polls to take a double-digit lead over Paladino, who was plagued by controversy in the final weeks of his campaign.

The Republican candidate was dogged by reports of racy emails he sent containing inappropriate images and racial slurs. Paladino also made headlines when he threatened a New York Post reporter.

Cuomo will succeed Gov. David Patterson, who did not seek re-election after he assumed the governorship following former Gov. Eliot Spitzer's departure from office in 2008.

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