Election Like No Other. This will be the first New York race for Governor with only 2 candidates in over 80 years. The third party candidates were disqualified with insufficient petition signatures. The result pits the 2 major party nominees against each other. Hochul runs on the Democratic ticket. Zeldin represents the Republicans. The field would be more crowded had Cuomo run as an independent. He would have siphoned enough Democratic votes from Hochul to blow the election wide open for Zeldin. He chose to sit the election out and avoid the role of spoiler. Polls showed he could not win. Election Like No Other. The 2 way race is heating up heading into November !!