New York Governor Odds: Kathy Hochul Wins In 2022

New York's gubernatorial election Nov. 8 went as forecast by England-based Ladbrokes Politics, despite some late odds drama.

After the primaries were conducted June 28, the race was down to Gov. Kathy Hochul, the Democratic incumbent and current interim, and congressman Lee Zeldin, the Republican candidate. Hochul held a sizable lead at the bookmaker and in fundraising, although some polls showed a narrowing gap as election day drew near.

Hochul ended up winning 52.6% to 47.4%. It was the closest race for that office since 1994, and the highest percentage for a Republican since 1998 (George Pataki won with 54.3%).

Early this month, Hochul announced that her inauguration will be held at Albany's Empire State Convention Center on Jan. 1. Hochul will be the first woman to take the oath of office for a full, four-year term. 

It was the first New York gubernatorial election in more than 80 years to not feature third-party candidates after the state’s Board of Elections rejected the petitions of minor parties that put forward candidates.

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New York Governor Odds & Candidates

Let's take a closer look at each party's candidate in the race that just ended to be governor of New York.

  • Kathy Hochul (D) (-600) | Winner The 57th governor of the state and the first woman. She took over for then-Gov. Andrew Cuomo in August 2021 after his resignation. Before that, she served from 2015-21 as lieutenant governor. Born in Buffalo, she also has been a member of Congress for New York’s 26th District and is the former clerk for Erie County.
  • Lee Zeldin (R) (+350) He turned 42 on Jan. 30, 2022 and is a three-term Long Island congressman who that has represented New York’s 1st District since 2015. He attended the University of Albany and Albany Law School.

New York Gubernatorial Election Information

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New York Gubernatorial Odds Explained

Hochul, who took over after the resignation of Cuomo last August, remains a -600 favorite with England-based Ladbrokes to remain in the position, despite having to recently replace her lieutenant governor. Antonio Delgado took over for Brian Benjamin, who was arrested on corruption charges.

Among the more interesting names that had been listed as Democratic longshots before the primary were former New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, state Sen. Alessandra Biaggi, “Sex in the City” actress and activist Cynthia Nixon, U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and former vice president and ex-New York Sen. Hillary Clinton.

New York Governor Odds Results

📅 Nov. 8General ElectionResults
Kathy Hochul (D)3,031,877 votes52.6%
Lee Zeldin (R)2,727,152 votes47.4%

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Latest Odds To Be The Next New York Governor

Ladbrokes opened with the Democratic Party (Hochul) winning November’s election at 1/14 odds, or -1400 on the moneyline, with a 93.3% implied probability to win. The Republican Party (Zeldin) was listed at 7/1 odds, or +700 on the moneyline, with a 12.5% implied probability to win. 

Kathy Hochul-60085.7%  ↓
Lee Zeldin +35022.2%  ↑

EDITOR'S NOTE: Political betting is prohibited in New York. The odds discussed above are from regulated bookmakers in the UK, where betting on US politics is legal.

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