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Carl Paladino concedes race

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By Mark Scott

http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/wbfo/local-wbfo-932746.mp3

Buffalo, NY – Carl Paladino's no-holds-barred campaign for New York governor is over. The Buffalo developer lost his race to Democrat Andrew Cuomo by a 62 to 34 percent margin.

Paladino was cheered on by hundreds of supporters at the Hyatt Regency Tuesday night. He offered Andrew Cuomo his best wishes.

Just as supporters were entering the banquet hall to celebrate, several media outlets were declaring Cuomo the winner.

Carl & Cathy Paladino
Photo by Mark Vogelzang
When he took the stage more than two hours later, Paladino urged them to keep up their fight against high taxes and excessive government spending. "I know the temptation is to be dejected by tonight's results," Paladino said. "But don't let that happen. Don't let the results of this election diminish what we've accomplished during this campaign."

Some critics say Paladino's self-destructed after winning the Republican primary. There was a well-publicized confrontation with a reporter and other missteps. But former County Comptroller Nancy Naples says Paladino never gave up.

Reporters M. Mroziak & M. Scott
Photo by Mark Vogelzang
"I worked very hard for Carl," Naples said. "I can tell you I've never seen a candidate, myself included, who worked harder." Paladino says his campaign sent a message to Albany that voters, especially those in Erie County, are mad as hell.

Click the audio player above to hear Paladino's speech in its entirety.