Democratic New York Gov. Kathy Hochul’s lead over Republican New York gubernatorial candidate Lee Zeldin shrunk significantly in a Tuesday poll from Siena College and The New York Times.
Hochul was favored by 52% of respondents while Zeldin, a Republican congressman, was favored by 41%, the poll found; a similar Siena poll from September found Hochul at 52% and Zeldin at 37%. Zeldin’s rising popularity comes amid a series of polls predicting strong performance for Republicans in the coming midterms as voters focus on inflation and the economy.
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“While Democrats are bullish on the direction of the state, Republicans overwhelmingly, and independents by a wide margin are not,” Siena College pollster Steven Greenberg said in a press release. “That works to Zeldin’s advantage, as does the fact that the issues most important to voters – at least as of three weeks ago – play more into the messaging of the Zeldin campaign rather than the Hochul campaign.” (RELATED: Dems Go All In On Abortion Despite Warnings From Polls)
“That said, Zeldin must still overcome a wide enrollment disadvantage, and must attract more than 10% of Democrats and 49% of independents to be successful in New York. Hochul maintains a double-digit lead and simply needs Democrats to vote. Simple in theory,” he said. “Three weeks to go.”
No Republican has won a statewide race in New York since 2002, according to The New York Times.
The poll had a margin of error of plus or minus 4.9 percentage points and was conducted from October 12-14, sampling 707 likely voters.
Hochul and Zeldin did not respond to the Daily Caller News Foundation’s requests for comment.
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