Kolb drops out of NY governor's race; GOP field now at 2

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Republican state lawmaker Brian Kolb has dropped out of the race for New York governor.

The assemblyman said Friday that he decided he doesn't want to sacrifice time with his family in order to mount a long campaign. His decision leaves two Republicans in the race: state Sen. John DeFrancisco, of Syracuse, and former Erie County Executive Joel Giambra.

Kolb serves as the leader of the GOP minority in the Assembly. He is a resident of the city of Canandaigua in the Finger Lakes.

Early in his campaign, Kolb acknowledged the challenges of defeating Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who is seeking a third term in the November election.

Democrats have a 2-to-1 advantage in party registration in New York. The last Republican elected governor was George Pataki in 2002.

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