Conservative, Moderate Face Off in GOP L.I. Primary

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) -

Republicans have pumped millions of dollars into a primary race between two conservative candidates hoping to unseat a Democratic incumbent seeking his seventh term representing a wide swath of eastern Long Island.

Lee Zeldin, a state senator, is facing off against former Securities and Exchange Commission lawyer George Demos, who is making his third attempt at winning the 1st Congressional District seat. The winner of Tuesday’s primary faces Democrat Rep. Timothy Bishop in November.

Ian Prior, a spokesman for the National Republican Congres­ sional Campaign, last week called Bishop “one of the most vulnerable Democrats in the country.” He cited Bishop’s support for Obamacare and an ongoing ethics complaint.

Zeldin has the support of the local county organization, while Demos has received the backing of former Gov. George Pataki and Mayor Rudolph Giuliani.