Perhaps some sane New Yorkers remain among those who have not chosen to move to Florida.
Citing the Real Clear Politics average of recent polling data, Fox News reported on Saturday that Republican Lee Zeldin has moved within five percentage points of incumbent Democratic Gov. Kathy Hochul.
RCP now rates the race a “toss-up” since at least 7 percent of voters in the polling are undecided.
The poll aggregator still projects Hochul will be re-elected.
But, as Fox pointed out, Zeldin has come from 24 points down just a couple of months ago and Zeldin actually leads 49-35 among independents, who are increasingly worried about crime.
Trafalgar Group, a conservative pollster that RCP tracks for the New York governor’s race, has Zeldin within two points of his Democratic rival.
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Zeldin, a former congressman, heralded the news in a Twitter post on Saturday: “Our race was just moved to TOSS UP by @RealClearNews! We have just 24 days to go until we FIRE @KathyHochul & save our state. It’s not too late for Hochul to come out of hiding & do multiple debates with me across New York, starting immediately!”
New York has not had a Republican governor since 2006, Fox noted that Zeldin is gaining momentum by hitting Hochul for being soft on crime.
One poll watcher said that could pay off for him.
“Although Democratic candidates for governor and U.S. Senate lead in very blue New York, the race for governor still bears watching,” Lee Miringoff, director of the Marist Institute for Public Opinion at Marist College, told Fox News.
“Republicans say they are more likely to vote, enthusiasm for Zeldin among his supporters exceeds Hochul’s, and any shift to crime in the closing weeks is likely to benefit Zeldin.”
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