Lazio Drops Out of Governor Race

September 27, 2010 Updated Sep 27, 2010 at 2:35 PM EDT

By WKBW Internet

September 27, 2010 Updated Sep 27, 2010 at 2:35 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - Rick Lazio held a news conference at Noon Monday where he announced that he is officially dropping out of the race for New York's next governor.

Lazio has been under a lot of pressure to drop off the Conservative Party line after losing the Republican primary a few weeks ago to Buffalo businessman Carl Paladino.

Lazio could have remained in the race on the Conservative Line, however Republican leaders had been pushing for Lazio not to do so as it would likely take votes away from Paladino.

Paladino reportedly met with New York's Conservative Party chairman in Queens over the weekend, though it is unclear at this point if Paladino can or will be added to the Conservative line for the November election.

Cuomo Campaign Spokesman Josh Vlasto today released the following statement on Rick Lazio dropping out of the Governor’s race.

“Today's decision by Rick Lazio and the Conservative Party means that the choice in this election is now more clear and more stark than ever. The spotlight is now on the choice between the tea party extremism of Carl Paladino or Andrew Cuomo's record of fighting corruption, standing up for a woman's right to choose, and his detailed plans to create jobs for New Yorkers.”