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Republican in NY governor's race gets bomb threat

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The campaign headquarters of a Republican contender in the New York governor's race received a bomb threat on Tuesday from a self-proclaimed black militant group, one day after racially charged e-mails sent by the candidate surfaced in the media.

No bomb was found in the Buffalo, New York, office of candidate Carl Paladino, which got the telephone threat, his spokesman Michael Caputo said in a statement.

"In a 50-second conversation with a campaign volunteer the man identified himself as a representative of a 'black militant group' and said his group would 'bomb all of you,'" he said.

Popular with politically conservative New York Tea Party protesters, Paladino is seeking the Republican nomination in the race to succeed New York Governor David Paterson, a Democrat who is not seeking another term.

A series of e-mails sent or forwarded by the candidate containing pornography and racial jokes surfaced on a local media website on Monday, prompting Paladino to tell reporters: "I am not a racist."

He apologized to women who may have been offended.

Paladino, a wealthy real-estate owner in Buffalo, faces Suffolk, New York, County Executive Steve Levy and former Congressman Rick Lazio in September's Republican primary.

Paladino has said he will spend $10 million of his own money on his campaign.

(Reporting by Basil Katz; editing by Ellen Wulfhorst and Philip Barbara)

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