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Poll Shows Cuomo Has 22 Point Lead Over Molinaro

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On July 30, 2018, Gov. Andrew Cuomo in Manhattan On July 30, 2018, Gov. Andrew Cuomo in Manhattan
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Governor Andrew Cuomo has a 22 point lead over Republican challenger Marc Molinaro, 50-28, according to the latest Siena College poll released on Monday. Working Families Party Candidate Cynthia Nixon has 10 percent of the vote.

 “Cuomo is doing a better job holding his base, leading Molinaro among Democrats 77-6 percent, while Molinaro only leads among Republicans 59-21 percent. Independents favor Cuomo 39-29 percent, although 21 percent of them say they are supporting one of the other candidates," said Siena College pollster Steven Greenberg.

Who is Better for Upstate?

Cuomo, who recently implied the weather was the reason people were leaving upstate New York, found himself at the center of controversy.

While more upstate voters think Molinaro, a Dutchess County Executive, would be better at handling upstate issues, more likely voters see Cuomo as more qualified at addressing the problems of upstate New York.

Other Races

In the race for New York Attorney General, NYC Democrat Tish James is ahead of Republican Keith Wofford 50-36 percent.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand holds a 61-29 percent lead over Republican opponent, Chele Chiavacci Farley. State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli is beating Republican Jonathan Trichter 58-26 percent.

The poll was conducted between September 20-27 among 701 likely voters with a margin of error of +/- 3.9.