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4th C.D.: McCarthy opposition split, so far

Nearly a month after Nassau Republican insurgent Frank Scaturro won the Conservative Party congressional primary as a write-in candidate, he says it still may be a couple of weeks before he announces whether he’ll actively campaign — given that rival Legis. Francis Becker won the Republican nomination.

Incumbent Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-Mineola) stands to benefit from a continued Becker-Scaturro divide. When Becker lost to McCarthy in 2010, he had the Conservative line, which gave him 9,455 votes. Becker that year also got 2,940 votes as candidate of the Independence Party — which under new county leadership backs McCarthy this time.

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