Today's Poll: Paladino 24%, Cuomo 57%
Sees momentum for Tea Partier, much greater distance to close
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 23, 2010 12:46 PM CDT
One-time supposed shoe-in Andrew Cuomo, who may or may not be really worried about Tea Partier Carl Paladino.   (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)
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(Newser) Andrew Cuomo must not know which end is up these days: Just yesterday, a Quinnipiac poll had GOP nominee Carl Paladino "within shouting distance" of the governor's mansion with 43% to Cuomo's 49%. But a Siena poll out today puts those numbers at a much more distant 24% for the Tea Partier to 57% for the Democrat, reports the New York Times.

Two important distinctions in the polls, the Times notes: Today's included Conservative nominee Rick Lazio, who came in at 8%, largely believed to be siphoned from Paladino. And Siena polled registered voters, while Quinnipiac polled only those it considered likely to vote. Still, Siena sees momentum for Paladino; his camp nevertheless dismissed the poll, saying, "We take each with a grain of salt.” (With props to Wonkette.)
 

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