Lee Zeldin takes the lead over NY Governor Kathy Hochul in a new poll
Republican Rep. Lee Zeldin has ousted Democratic rival Gov. Kathy Hochul in New York’s closely watched gubernatorial race — just a week from the election, a new poll shows.
Zeldin, tough on crime, leads the progressive incumbent governor 48.4% to 47.6%, according to the Trafalgar Group Survey released late Monday.
Only 4% of likely voters polled said they were still undecided about who they wanted to elect as the Empire State’s next governor on November 8.
Hochul’s campaign declined to comment on the latest poll and a representative for Zeldin did not immediately respond to The Post.
The poll comes as Hochul, who is seeking election to the seat for the first time, has been slammed for suggesting that Americans’ growing fear of crime was manufactured by “master manipulators” in a national “conspiracy”.
He also accused Zeldin and other Republican critics of being “data deniers.”
“Now we can all see what’s causing the panic at Camp Kathy. Her internal polls show this same massive surge of momentum and she’s waving her arms in the surf trying to stay above water,” Councilman Joe Borelli (R- Staten Island), spokeswoman for a pro-Zeldin super PAC, told The Post.
“Over the past week, we’ve heard his changing positions on crime, yeshiva, charter schools, bail, and probably his favorite ice cream flavor, too.”
State GOP Chairman Nick Langworthy added: “New Yorkers are fired up and ready to take back our state. People of all political persuasions are going to hold Kathy Hochul to account and show her that the only ones in denial are the Deaf Democrats who destroyed New York. Change is coming.”
The Trafalgar poll of 1,198 likely voters, which was conducted between October 27 and October 31, had a margin of error of 2.9%.
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