Republican Lee Zeldin is now almost even with Democrat Kathy Hochul in the race for New York governor, according to a new poll.
One of the issues that’s driving this race is the massive crime problem in New York, and Zeldin has been hammering Hochul over it.
This is another race that Democrats did not expect to be compettitve, but it is.
The New York Post reports:
New poll has Kathy Hochul, Lee Zeldin neck and neck in NY gov race
Gov. Kathy Hochul leads Republican rival Rep. Lee Zeldin of Suffolk County by just under two points — 44.5% to 42.6% — according to a new poll released Thursday.
Libertarian write-in candidate Larry Sharp trails with 3.3% support, with an additional 9.7% undecided in the poll of 1,087 likely voters, which shows the race as far tighter than other recent surveys showing Hochul ahead by double digits.
“On Nov. 8, we are going to win this race for governor,” Zeldin said of the new results from the Trafalgar Group poll.
The poll comes as the incumbent Democrat — seeking election to the seat for the first time — faces sharp criticism over rising crime in New York as well as alleged pay-to-play schemes with campaign donors and of her use of government aircraft to get around.
A campaign spokesman for Hochul — who has argued that Zeldin is too conservative for New York voters, given his support of former President Donald Trump and hardline anti-abortion stance — declined to comment on the poll conducted between Sept. 30 and Oct. 3.
This is within the margin of error.
— Robert C. Cahaly (@RobertCahaly) October 6, 2022
This is from another poll, also good news for Zeldin.
Siena college did poll in 3 swing districts in New York State… Lee Zeldin was leading in all 3 of them https://t.co/gxchgpr3DJ
— Ryan James Girdusky (@RyanGirdusky) October 6, 2022
Zeldin has a shot to close the deal here.