Political Polls Place Cuomo Ahead

September 23, 2010 Updated Sep 23, 2010 at 11:40 PM EDT

By WKBW News

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September 23, 2010 Updated Sep 23, 2010 at 11:40 PM EDT


The numbers are tough to follow. The new Sienna poll out today showing Cuomo with a 33 point lead over Paladino. However, results from a Quinnipiac poll released yesterday put Cuomo only six points ahead. The reason for the big difference? Sienna polled registered voters and Quinnipiac talked to likely voters. But none of that matters according to Paladino's camp.

"We have our own expert who has mapped our path to victory. It has worked very well so far and we think it'll work all the way to November 2nd. So what we do when we see these polls? We ignore them," said Michael Caputo, Paladino's Campaign Manager.

One person Paladino isn't ignoring is Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver as he told CNN tonight.

"Sheldon blatantly is a one man dictator in the state of New York. He controls our government with an absolute dictoral hand," said Paladino.

After hearing comments Silver made Thursday suggesting New Yorkers leave the state if Paladino is elected, Paladino actually bought him a train ticket out of town.

"We bought him a one-way ticket from Albany to Washington D.C. where we figure on November 3rd it is one of the few places that a liberal progressive like Sheldon Silver will be able to get a job," said Caputo.

Silver isn't the only one taking hits, former Governor Elliott Spitzer had this to say about Andrew Cuomo earlier today.

"The problem Andrew has is that everybody knows that behind the scenes he is the dirtiest, nastiest political player out there and that is his reputation from years in Washington."

Cuomo is fighting to maintain his lead, releasing a new TV add today attacking his political rival, Paladino claiming he received a $1.4 million tax break to create jobs and only created one job.

One other difference between the polls, the Sienna poll released today included republican gubernatorial candidate Rick Lazio. Political analysts say if Lazio wasn't included in the polls Paladino would have gained those points.