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NY Governor Poll: Republican Lee Zeldin Almost Even With Incumbent Democrat Kathy Hochul

NY Governor Poll: Republican Lee Zeldin Almost Even With Incumbent Democrat Kathy Hochul

“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.

Like many Democrat leaders right now, Hochul sometimes seems painfully out of touch.

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.

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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E Howard Hunt | October 7, 2022 at 11:08 am

Almost even means losing by 5 points. As Ann Coulter writes you must bake in extra 5 points for machine democrat cheating.

UnCivilServant | October 7, 2022 at 11:30 am

While at risk of sounding clueless, no one I know supports the status quo.

The real factor is the downstate fraud machine.

If NY elects a Republican governor, that will be proof that there is no global warming—for hell will freeze over.

How that moronic, tone-deaf witch could be ahead is mind-blowing. But we do live in bizarro-world, so there’s that.

    UnCivilServant in reply to UJ. | October 7, 2022 at 12:18 pm

    Bear in mind that for quite some time now polls overcount Dem support. The fact that a poll in New York shows a dead heat is itself an amazing thing, because it leads me to believe among real voters, she is behind.

    But, the margin of fraud is a pernicious thing.

Steven Brizel | October 7, 2022 at 3:17 pm

Go Lee Go!

It’s time for the Libertarian Party of NY to wake up to the fact this isn’t a 3 person race though there are 3 people on the ballot. It’s between Lee Zeldin and Dictator Hochul. Every vote for Larry Sharpe is, in essence, a vote for the continued dictatorship of Hochul.

Hey, try again next election, but throw your support to Zeldin to get rid of someone you oppose on EVERY issue, who has proven she revels in authoritarian power.

    Subotai Bahadur in reply to gospace. | October 7, 2022 at 8:35 pm

    How do we know that this is not a deliberate position taken by the Libertarians? A little history from here. In 2010 Dan Maes, a TEA Party Republican, ran for governor on the Republican ticket here in Colorado. He swept precinct caucuses. He swept County Conventions. And he swept the State Convention and state primary. He became the Republican candidate for governor over the objections of the GOPe. Their response was to cut a deal with the Constitution Party here in Colorado, paying them off. Smaller 3rd parties here are under different rules. The Constitution Party dropped their already nominated candidate and named Republican Tom Tancredo [who became Constitution Party from the day before being named the Constitution Party candidate till the day after the election] as their candidate. The state Republican Party funded his campaign with the explicit goal of taking enough votes from Maes to give the governorship to the Democrat. At the same time they cut off ALL Republican Party support to Maes. The Republican Party got their wish and the Democrats have controlled our state government, with no real opposition from the Republicans, ever since.

    How much, if any, support are the Institutional Republicans in New York giving Zeldin?

    Subotai Bahadur

Bitterlyclinging | October 8, 2022 at 10:46 am

Republicans and conservatives have to have a 20 per cent plurality in the vote count to overcome the Democrats ballot box fraud.
New York has 3.1 million unidentifiable voters on its voter rolls, ie, no SS# or driver’s license number per Claudia Tenney.
So the Dems Get Out The Vote program is to keep on counting till the Democrat wins: Dino Rossi vs Christine Gregoire in WA state, Norm Coleman vs Al Franken in MN, and lastly the 2020 CT Gubernatorial race where, with the Democrat 8,000 votes behind 72 hours after the polls had closed a bag of 10,000 exclusively Democratic ballots was discovered behind the boarded up windows of an abandoned storefront on the city of Bridgeport’s Main Street.

    There’s nothing suspicious about 3.1 million voters on the roll without any ID number. Such numbers were only recently required for voter registration. Anyone who registered before the requirement was introduced will never have been asked for such a number, so naturally it can’t possibly be listed for them.

    New voters need to either supply such a number on their registration forms, or show acceptable ID when they vote. Those who didn’t supply a number at registration are marked in the poll book as “ID REQ”; but in all the time I’ve been a poll worker I have never yet come across such a marking.

    Other than those, it is illegal for a poll worker to ask a voter for ID; the only means of identification is matching their signature to the one on file from when they registered, which may be 40-50 years ago or more, so a certainly amount of flexibility has to be allowed. I often ask voters to try their signatures again, asking them to remember what their signature used to look like, but I’ve only ever refused one person, and he then admitted he was not the person he was claiming to be.

    Even now, there is no requirement to prove eligibility to vote. In my opinion the entire roll should be thrown out and everyone should be required to re-register, which should include providing proof of eligibility to vote. And voting should in almost all cases be in person, with the voter’s finger inked like they did in Iraq, with an ink that’s indelible until after voting is closed.

    Still, since the current situation is as it is, the 3.1 million number cited as some sort of anomaly isn’t. For instance I’ve never provided any number, so there isn’t one on voter record.