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Election 2010: New York Governor

New York Governor: Cuomo (D) Posts Double-Digit Lead on Paladino (R)

Republican Carl Paladino came out swinging last month following his primary win, but he still trails Democratic state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo by a wide margin in the New York governor’s race.

A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in the Empire State finds Cuomo with 51% support to Paladino’s 37%. Five percent (5%) like some other candidate in the race, and six percent (6%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

The race remains Solid Democrat in the Rasmussen Reports Election 2010 Gubernatorial Scorecard.

Last month, Cuomo held a 54% to 38% lead, but it was the first time support for Paladino, a wealthy Buffalo businessman, had risen out of the mid- to high 20s.  Cuomo’s support in matchups with Paladino since March has ranged from 51% to 58%.

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This statewide telephone survey of 500 Likely Voters in New York was conducted on October 19, 2010 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/-4.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

Other data from this survey will be released at www.rasmussenreports.com/NewYork. 

New York Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer, already reportedly thinking about seeking the majority leader's job should Harry Reid lose on Election Day, appears comfortably on his way to reelection.

Democratic incumbent Kirsten Gillibrand now receives her highest level of support to date against Republican challenger Joseph DioGuardi in New York’s special U.S. Senate contest.

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