Cuomo's lead still a large one

Jessica M. Karmasek Jul. 15, 2010, 10:36am


NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) - New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo maintains a large lead over his potential opponents for governor, according to poll results released Thursday.

The Siena College Poll shows -- when matched against each opponent one-on-one -- Cuomo maintains a better than 30-point lead over Republican Rick Lazio, a former U.S. Representative for the state. Cuomo also has a better than 40-point lead over Buffalo real estate developer Carl Paladino.

According to the poll of registered voters, the Democratic attorney general leads Lazio 60-28 percent, down from 60-24 percent in June. Cuomo's lead over Paladino rose to 64-23 percent, up from 60-23 percent.

In the state's Republican primary, Lazio's lead over Paladino fell to 40-20 percent, down from 45-18 percent last month. However, the poll noted, 40 percent of Republicans remain undecided.

Siena College pollster Steven Greenberg said, "With Election Day now less than four months away, time is running short for Lazio and Paladino to make a significant move to close the gap with Cuomo -- particularly as they appear likely to be headed to a primary fight with Cuomo as spectator, and potentially headed to siphoning votes from each other if they both make it on to the general election ballot."

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