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Governor Has Big Lead Over Challenger

Governor Has Big Lead Over Challenger
Posted August 20th, 2014 @ 2:10pm

Albany N.Y. -A new poll shows Incumbent Democrat Andrew Cuomo continues to maintain a 2-to-1 advantage over his Republican challenger in the race for governor.


The Quinnipiac University poll gives Cuomo a 56 to 28 percent lead over Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino. That's essentially unchanged from Quinnipiac's poll in May.


Cuomo has been dogged recently by allegations that his administration interfered with an anti-corruption commission, but the survey indicates the episode has done little to sway voters.


The poll finds that many voters remain unfamiliar with Astorino, or Cuomo's primary challenger, Fordham University law professor Zephyr Teachout.


Meanwhile, Zephyr Teachout has survived another attempt by supporters of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to knock her off next month's Democratic Primary ballot.


On Wednesday, a panel of appellate judges upheld a lower court's decision that Teachout is eligible to challenge Cuomo. Cuomo supporters alleged that the law professor didn't meet the five-year residency requirement.

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