It’s official — Rep. Bob Turner (R-Queens, Brooklyn) will have to find another line of work in January, or go back to retirement.
Turner, who won the 9th District congressional seat in a special election after former Rep. Anthony Weiner resigned, lost his bid to be the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate on Tuesday. He wanted to challenge Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) in November, but was easily defeated by Wendy Long, an attorney in Manhattan.
Long took 66 percent of the vote, according to preliminary results from the city Board of Elections, while Turner won 26 percent. George Maragos, the Nassau County comptroller, got 8 percent.
Turner’s district is being eliminated at the end of his term, one of two to suffer that fate in New York State because of a relative decline in population growth compared to other states. District lines were redrawn this year by state officials, based upon the results of the 2010 U.S. Census.
Before beating Assemblyman David Weprin (D-Little Neck) for Weiner’s seat, Turner was a retired TV executive.