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State Sen. Lee Zeldin now has former U. S. Sen. Alfonse D’Amato in his corner in his rematch against Democratic Rep. Tim Bishop (D-Southampton).

D’Amato has become the latest of a laundry list of officials who have endorsed Zeldin. He already is facing a GOP primary challenge from George Demos, who has banked $1 million for his campaign.

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“Senator Lee Zeldin has been a fighter for Long Islanders as a military officer [and] will continue that fight in Washington D.C.,” said D’Amato, a New York Republican who served in the Senate from 1981-1998.

Zeldin also has the backing of State GOP chairman Edward Cox, state Conservative leader Michael Long, Suffolk’s Republican and Conservative leaders and supermarket magnate John Catsimatidis, who ran unsuccessfully in September for the GOP nomination for New York City mayor.