Paladino 'Within Shouting Distance' in NY Gov Race
Cuomo at 49%; Tea Partier at 43%
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 22, 2010 7:43 AM CDT
Carl Paladino speaking on stage after winning the New York State Republican Gubernatorial primary in Buffalo, NY on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2010.   (AP Photo/Don Heupel)

(Newser) – Apparently anyone can be New York governor these days. Proof? Carl Paladino—you know, the Tea Party candidate who likes email jokes about bestiality and recently questioned opponent Andrew Cuomo’s manhood—is “within shouting distance” of beating Cuomo, says a Quinnipiac pollster. “And—you can count on it—he will be shouting.” The new poll finds Cuomo leads at 49% among likely voters, but Paladino is shockingly close behind at 43%, the New York Daily News reports.

The latest poll is quite a change from the Rasmussen poll released Monday, which put Cuomo’s lead at 54% to 38%. Oddly, Cuomo’s approval rating is high: More than two-thirds of likely voters like the job he’s doing as attorney general, whereas only 36% view Paladino favorably. But apparently job performance isn’t hugely important to New Yorkers: Though Cuomo is already in politics, only 10% think the “right experience” matters most when deciding how to vote.

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Abecedarian
Sep 23, 2010 5:47 AM CDT
Wow, good luck to the people of NY with this guy as governor, he'll open up the government piggy bank to himself. This is the same guy that purchased a building with a parking lot of 130 spaces, rented 90 of the spaces to the state for $48 a piece, then they decided they "didn't need them", so they rented them back to him at $25 ea. He turned around and leased them to a college, who the state then paid him $98ea. It's that fuzzy Republican math. Imagine what he will do when he has control of the money and no one to stop him, since he says he'll change their state constiution to "rule" NY.
Duxburian
Sep 22, 2010 6:18 PM CDT
So there are just 2 people in the race? No? Then Ramussen isn't worth the paper it's not printed on. http://fivethirtyeight.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/09/22/now-heres-a-shocking-poll/
Naked_Emperor
Sep 22, 2010 11:54 AM CDT
Apparently anyone can be New York governor these days. Proof? Hey Evann, are you biased much? or did you think you were given a high school writing assignment?