Governor Hochul overtook his Republican rival, Republican Lee Zeldin, by 8 percentage points in the Emerson College poll on the governors’ race, published on Tuesday, one week before election day.
A survey of 1,000 potential voters, conducted last Friday to Monday, found that Hochul has a 52 to 44% advantage over Zeldin, with 3% of voters undecided.
Hochul led Zeldin by 6 points in Emerson’s latest race poll published last week.
The race, once seen as an afterthought in deep blue New York, narrowed to single digits in the fall, according to polls. Some polls conducted in the summer showed that Hochul had a lead of more than 20 points over Zeldin, an ally of President Donald Trump, who voted to invalidate the 2020 presidential election.
Zeldin’s message against crime echoed among some voters, and inflation improved the outlook for Republicans across the country.
AND vote A mysterious Republican-linked interviewer published Tuesday by the Trafalgar Group even found Zeldin 1 point ahead of Hochul, the Buffalo Democrat.
Overall, the average of the FiveThirtyEight polls gave Hochul a 6-point lead on Tuesday, which is a relatively narrow margin with Democrats outnumbering Republicans by more than 2 to 1.
Democrats, who widely expect Hochul to win, continue to worry that a narrow margin on election day could hamper their efforts to block swing house races in Long Island and upstate.
Hochul took office when former governor Andrew Cuomo resigned 14 months ago and is seeking to become the first woman elected governor of New York.
She highlighted her work to protect the reproductive freedoms of New Yorkers, take guns off the streets, and create jobs across the state.
On Tuesday, Hochul predicted he would expand his lead on the episode. She recently campaigned extensively in New York City, spending Tuesday morning in the Bronx.
“We have a real record to break,” Hochul told MSNBC, adding that Zeldin “works to get people scared while I and the other Democrats work to keep people safe.”
“As the polls come to a close, I believe you will begin to see a separation between us,” added Hochul. “In the last homestretch here, I am a street fighter. I say, “Bring it.” I love being underrated. “
Zeldin largely tailored his offer to crime, arguing that Hochul did not go far enough to tighten the state’s criminal justice system, and promises to declare a state of emergency to suspend bail reforms.
“I will keep Hochul’s cashless bail and release the weak prosecutors,” says Zeldin in one of the campaign advertising. “Vote as if your life depended on it – because it is.”
But Emerson’s poll suggested that his efforts, including the halt to the campaign on Saturday with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, left large sections of women and Democrats unconvinced.
The vote he found Hochul and Zeldin among the male voters, but showed the governor of the leading congressman 16 points among women.
The 42-year-old Republican has a long history of anti-ab*rtion attitudes but has promised not to withdraw New Yorkers’ right to ab*rtion if elected.
In the poll, Zeldin led 10 points among independent voters, but 64-year-old Hochul maintained his dominant 55-point lead among Democrat voters.
The study should be “reassuring” for Hochul’s campaign, said Bruce Gyory, a political strategist who served as advisor to two former Democratic governors, Eliot Spitzer and David Paterson.
“I’m sure the people of Hochul are satisfied,” he said.
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