Just two days before voters cast their ballots, a new poll released Sunday morning finds that the race for governor has tightened, with Gov. Andrew Cuomo's Republican challenger within 15 percentage points of the Democrat.
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CUOMO'S LEAD DIPS SINCE LAST POLL
Cuomo's lead against Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro is now 13 percentage points (49 percent to 36 percent), down from a 22-percentage point difference last month, according to the Siena College Poll. 7 percent of people polled said they were undecided.
The poll also found Cuomo's favorability as governor is the lowest it has been in eight years. 49 percent of people polled had an unfavorable opinion of Cuomo, compared to 45 percent in favor and 5 percent of people who said they didn't know or had no opinion.
Voters tabbed Molinaro's favorability rating at 29 percent, compared to 25 percent of people who had an unfavorable view of the Republican. 46 percent said didn't know or had no opinion, possibly reflecting Molinaro's lack of name recognition.
Pollster Steven Greenberg says some independents have flipped, giving Molinaro a 7-percentage point lead among those voters, after favoring Cuomo, who is seeking a third term, last month.
THE RACE FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL TIGHTENS SLIGHTLY
Democrat Letitia James holds a 12-percentage point lead (49 percent to 37 percent) over Republican Keith Wofford in the race state attorney general. A month ago, James's lead was polled at 50 percent to 36 percent.
Wofford is running for public office for the first time. He has spent decades in private law and, most recently, was a partner at the law firm Ropes & Gray in Manhattan.
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GILLIBRAND'S RE-ELECTION BID
Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand holds a large lead over her Republican opponent, Chele Farley, 58 percent to 35 percent. Farley, who works in the financial services industry, is running for office for the first time.
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THE RACE FOR STATE COMPTROLLER
State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, the Democrat, holds an even larger lead over his GOP foe, Jonathan Trichter, a longtime Democrat turned Republican. DiNapoli's lead stands at 37 percent (62 to 25).
641 likely New York state voters were interviewed for the poll between October 28 and November 1. The margin of error is +/- 3.9 percent.