Can Paladino Win in November?

September 15, 2010 Updated Sep 16, 2010 at 12:02 PM EDT

By John Borsa

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September 15, 2010 Updated Sep 16, 2010 at 12:02 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) -- Now that Tea Party-backed Carl Paladino has stunned New Yorkers by taking the Republican Party slot in the race for New York Governor, don't expect the conservative candidate to shift to the center to attract voters before November.

Paladino appeared on CNN's Rick's List with anchor Rick Sanchez on Tuesday afternoon.

Sanchez: "Same-sex marriage. Where do you stand on that?"

Paladino: "No."

Sanchez: "What's your position on abortion?"

Paladino: "No."

Following his come-from-behind victory on Tuesday night, when Paladino crushed his Republican opponent, former Congressman Rick Lazio, Paladino has focused his aim on Democrat Andrew Cuomo, the so-called front-runner.

"If we've learned anything tonight, it's that New Yorkers are mad as hell," Paladino told a crowd of supporters following his Primary Night victory.

Paladino came out on top because he successfully tapped into voter anger and energized his base as a growing number of state residents are unwilling to accept Albany's mismanagement, high taxes and out-of-control spending.

But will that be enough to help Paladino beat out Cuomo in November?

"Democrats have long held that these Tea Party candidates are a boon to them, because they are too far to the right and they are anathema to independent voters," said ABC News Political Director Amy Walter.

Paladino received some advice on Wednesday from an unlikely source: Governor David Paterson.

"I hope Mr. Paladino appreciates his victory of what it is. I think that it is probably a cry out for order - a cry out for honesty - a cry out for a new form of government," Paterson said.

Cuomo launched his first campaign commercial on Wednesday, which did not mention Paladino.

"He'll bring his experience and independence to the job and make our state government work for the people again," the commercial's narrator said.