New Poll Shows Paladino Closing on Cuomo

October 22, 2010 Updated Oct 22, 2010 at 12:34 PM EDT

By WKBW Programming

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October 22, 2010 Updated Oct 22, 2010 at 12:34 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - The latest poll on the race for New York State Governor shows Republican underdog Carl Paladino trailing Democrat Andrew Cuomo by only 14 points.

A Siena Research Institute poll released earlier this week showed Paladino down by more than 30 points.

A Rasmussen research poll of likely voters released Friday shows Cuomo leading Paladino 51-37, with 5 percent supporting another candidate and 6 percent undecided.

The report shows only 39 percent of voters in the state have a favorable opinion of Paladino. In contrast, Cuomo is viewed favorably by 57 percent of voters.

Paladino campaign manager Michael Caputo released the following statement regarding the latest poll:

"Today's Rasmussen Reports survey of likely voters in the New York State shows Buffalo builder Carl Paladino down by 14 points against career politician Andrew Cuomo, 51 to 37 percent. This is wildly different from the recent Siena and New York Times surveys, both which showed a dubious difference. Public polls are unreliable in this volatile election season, but Rasmussen appears to have a better handle on their research in this environment. Paladino supporters are excited this race is tightening again as our statewide media buy kicks in."

Read the full Rasmussen report here.