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NY GOP Taps Retired Exec To Run For Weiner Seat

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Anthony Weiner (credit: AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

Anthony Weiner (credit: AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – Republican leaders have chosen a candidate to compete in a special New York election to replace Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner.

Robert Turner, a retired media executive, will be the party’s nominee in the September 13 contest. Turner ran unsuccessfully against Weiner in the general election last year.

Councilman Eric Ulrich was considered a possible GOP contender.

Democrats nominated state Assemblyman David Weprin as their candidate on Friday. He’s favored to win the heavily Democratic district, which covers parts of Brooklyn and Queens.

Weiner resigned last month in the wake of a Twitter sexting scandal.

The special election on September 13 will also include six Assembly districts with vacancies that need to be filled. Those are in Oneida County, Erie County, Brooklyn, Manhattan and two in Queens.

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