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Cohen Defeats Rubin in House Primary

Nitzy Cohen won the Republican nomination for the state House seat to represent Westport with 830 votes to Steve Rubin's 581. "I'm overwhelmed; I'm humbled," Cohen said at Arcudi's Restaurant to friends, supporters and members of Republican Town Committee. "It's not about me, it's not about the people running, it's about who will do the right thing."

Official poll results show Cohen is in the lead, winning every precinct in the district to be the nominee for the 136th District seat. "Steve [Rubin] is not here right now, but I want to wish him and [his wife] Toni much happiness and much health," Cohen said. "I feel for both sides. I've been in that position before--I know it's hard. I know it's disappointing."

Beyond acknowledging her friends and supporters, Cohen also thanked the voters of the district. "I'm honored to be the one the 136th District chose," Cohen said.

Broken down by districts, Cohen received: 194 votes in district 1; 207 votes in district 2; 209 votes in district 3; 105 votes in district 4; and 115 votes in district 5.

By district, Rubin received: 167 votes in district 1; 119 votes in district 2; 146 votes in district 3; 75 votes in district 4; and 74 votes in district 5.

In a brief appearance at Arcudi's, a disappointed Rubin stopped by to give thanks to friends and supporters and offered his congratulations to Cohen.

"If I were to run again, I would not change anything," Rubin said in a phone interview. "Tomorrow morning, when I look in the mirror, I'm not going to have any regrets. I feel we did everything we could. I will feel some sorrow, but nobody likes to lose."

Bob Zappi, chairman of the Republican Town Committee, said the committee is looking forward to working with Cohen. "Both candidates ran heartfelt campaigns," Zappi said. "We thank Steve for running his campaign."

She will face Jonathan Steinberg in the fall general election.

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