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Independence Party Picks Candidates

It took the Independence Party just over an hour to pick candidates it wants to support in New York's statewide elections. The party's meeting just outside Albany today was lightening fast because it punted one of the thorniest question of the year: who to support for attorney general.

Right now, there are five Democrats and one Republican campaigning for the job, all well-funded and each with a shot of winning.

So, the Party decided to endorse one of its own members for the job, South Hampton lawyer Steve Lynch. The Party's chairman announced the endorsement, and immediately noted that the 59-year-old candidate "will re-evaluate his race in September" and possibly withdraw, enabling the party to pick another candidate.

In other races, the Independence Party endorsed Republican challenger Harry Wilson in his race against incumbent Democratic comptroller, Tom DiNapoli. Both Democratic senators, Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, were endorsed today, as was Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Cuomo. He was traveling today but called into the party's convention to thank its members.

Schumer appeared in person, and left in order to speak in Buffalo later today at the Working Families Party's convention.