A female supporter of Republican gubernatorial candidate Lee Zeldin (N.Y.) was choked out by a supporter of unelected Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) during a campaign rally on Saturday.
The incident, which took place outside of the Stonewall Inn in New York City during a campaign stop for the unelected governor, shows an altercation between the opposing sides erupt, which culminated with a man choking the female Zeldin supporter.
While the assault was unfolding, Hochul could be heard in the background chastising Republicans for pushing back against COVID lockdowns and rigged elections.
“You can deny science! You can deny those who seek to vote! You can deny an election like those individuals! And we say ‘hell no!’” Hochul shouted.
“Hell no!” the crowd chanted back.
The man was reportedly not arrested for the assault.
The woman received medical care shortly after the attack.
The woman received medical care after being choked at the Gov. Kathy Hochul rally: pic.twitter.com/CaDZPdY34r
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The race between Zeldin and Hochul is surprisingly close given New York is a solidly blue state, with high crime being a driving factor.
In fact, Zeldin has actually taken the lead over Hochul 48.4% to 47.6%, according to a recent Trafalgar Group poll.