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Siena Poll: Gov. Hochul holds 14-point lead in race for NYS Governor

Election 2022 New York Governor
Posted at 6:35 AM, Aug 02, 2022
and last updated 2022-08-02 06:41:16-04

A new Siena College poll released Tuesday morning is providing insight into what can be expected on Election Day.

According to the poll, Democratic Governor Kathy Hochul holds a 14-point lead over Republican Rep. Lee Zeldin, 53-39%.

That serves as a reflection of the Democrat's strong enrollment advantage in New York State since the poll found both candidates are holding on to their parties.

"Fourteen weeks is a long time in politics, and we know most voters don’t really begin to focus on elections till after Labor Day. Still, Hochul has an early – but certainly not insurmountable – lead. In fact, while Democrats have taken the last four gubernatorial elections, Zeldin’s current 14-point deficit matches the closest Republicans have come in those races, when Andrew Cuomo defeated Rob Astorino 54-40% in 2014," said Siena College pollster Steven Greenberg.

Democratic U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer is also holding a lead over Republican Joe Pinion to keep his seat, 56-35%.

With a 14-point lead, Democratic Attorney General Letitia James leads Republican Michael Henry, 50-36%.

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