Voters Anticipate Gubernatorial Debate

October 17, 2010 Updated Oct 18, 2010 at 3:53 PM EDT

By WKBW Admin

October 17, 2010 Updated Oct 18, 2010 at 3:53 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - The debate between the seven candidates for governor of New York state less than 24 hours away and people want answers to questions that have a major impact on their lives.

"How are they going to improve the economy," said Harold Meacham, a western New York resident.

"I want the candidates to answer individually or collectively how are they going to bring back jobs to Buffalo and the Buffalo region," said Douglas Chavers, also a western New York resident.

The race's star candidates, democrat Andrew Cuomo and republican Carl Paladino, have picked up the most press throughout the campaign. Political Analyst Bob Davis says in order for Cuomo to keep his lead in the polls, he is going to have to talk about solutions to the state's budget problems, high taxes, and lack of jobs.

"From Andrew Cuomo's perspective he just wants to get out of this debate without incurring any damage or loosing any ground and I think Carl's got to try and gain ground by engaging Andrew Cuomo tomorrow night and try to call him out on these issues which Andrew has failed to address in this campaign," said Davis.

And despite Paladino's recent blunders in the press including anti-gay remarks and engaging in a show-down with a reporter, Davis doesn't think Paladino needs to hold back in this debate.

"He just needs to be Carl Paladino, that's what's gotten him this far," said Davis.

Some people say they are disappointed Monday night's debate won't be a one-on-one between Cuomo and Paladino. And others said they don't even care to watch because the campaign has gotten so out of hand.

The debate will take place Monday at 7 p.m. on Long Island at Hofstra University. Eyewitness News reporter John Borsa will be there to cover the event, and you can catch his reports throughout the day on Eyewitness News.