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John DeFrancisco ‘very unlikely’ to seek re-election to NY Senate

State Sen. John DeFrancisco says his 40-year political career will likely come to an end if he doesn’t win the Republican nomination for governor in May.

DeFrancisco, R-DeWitt, the deputy majority leader of the Senate, said Thursday “it’s very unlikely” he will seek re-election to the 50th Senate District seat he has held for 25 years.

DeFrancisco, 71, talked about his future during an appearance in a live radio interview with Susan Arbetter on WCNY’s The Capitol Pressroom.

“You never say never, but it’s very unlikely — 95 percent unlikely — for me to run again,” DeFrancisco said in the interview.

DeFrancisco told syracuse.com in January, when he announced his campaign for governor, that he was unlikely to run again for the Senate seat. But he later appeared to retreat from those comments and leave the door open for a Senate campaign if he didn’t win the nomination for governor.

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