“comes as the incumbent Democrat — seeking election to the seat for the first time — faces sharp criticism over rising crime in New York as well as alleged pay-to-play schemes with campaign donors”
The race for governor in New York is tightening, like many races across the country, and Republican Lee Zeldin is closing the gap with incumbent Democrat Kathy Hochul.
One of the issues driving this race is crime, and Zeldin has been hammering Hochul, even using the attempted assault on himself as an example.
Another factor that may be hurting Hochul is the fact that she wasn’t elected to the job but lucked into it when Andrew Cuomo stepped down.
Zach Williams reports at the New York Post:
New poll has Kathy Hochul, Lee Zeldin neck and neck in NY gov race
Gov. Kathy Hochul leads Republican rival Rep. Lee Zeldin of Suffolk County by just under two points — 44.5% to 42.6% — according to a new poll released Thursday.
Libertarian write-in candidate Larry Sharp trails with 3.3% support, with an additional 9.7% undecided in the poll of 1,087 likely voters, which shows the race as far tighter than other recent surveys showing Hochul ahead by double digits.
“On Nov. 8, we are going to win this race for governor,” Zeldin said of the new results from the Trafalgar Group poll.
The poll comes as the incumbent Democrat — seeking election to the seat for the first time — faces sharp criticism over rising crime in New York as well as alleged pay-to-play schemes with campaign donors and of her use of government aircraft to get around.
A campaign spokesman for Hochul — who has argued that Zeldin is too conservative for New York voters, given his support of former President Donald Trump and hardline anti-abortion stance — declined to comment on the poll conducted between Sept. 30 and Oct. 3.
This looks like it’s within the margin of error.
— Robert C. Cahaly (@RobertCahaly) October 6, 2022
Like many Democrat leaders right now, Hochul sometimes seems painfully out of touch.
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— Kathy Hochul (@KathyHochul) October 3, 2022
You have to wonder if the recent murder of Lt. Alison Russo-Elling was a turning point in this race.
This Siena poll is also worth noting.
Siena college did poll in 3 swing districts in New York State… Lee Zeldin was leading in all 3 of them https://t.co/gxchgpr3DJ
— Ryan James Girdusky (@RyanGirdusky) October 6, 2022
This race offers a clear choice. Hochul represents the status quo, and Zeldin is a change candidate.
It will all come down to how many New Yorkers are happy with how things are now.
Watch Zeldin talk about New York crime and more on the FOX Business Network this week:
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