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Dioguardi Wins GOP Nod For Sen. Gillibrand Seat

Joseph DioGuardi has won a three-way Republicanprimary election in a bid to unseat Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of NewYork.

The former congressman from suburban Westchester County faces aDemocrat with a wide lead in the polls and far more campaign cash.

The win is a turnaround for DioGuardi, who had to petition hisway on to the ballot after failing to muster enough party supportat the state convention.

DioGuardi defeated Bruce Blakeman, a former Long Island locallawmaker, and David Malpass, a former Bear Stearns chief economist.

He is the father of former "American Idol" judge KaraDioGuardi.

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