Cuomo Leads Lazio, Levy in Race for Governor: Poll

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    TROY, NY - SEPTEMBER 21: New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo (D) attends an appearance by President Barack Obama at Hudson Valley Community College on September 21, 2009 in Troy, New York. Obama has reportedly asked current New York Gov. David Paterson to step aside in the race for governor as his support in New York has dropped precipitously. Many Democrat party leaders prefer Cuomo for the governor's race should he decide to run. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

    In what is now a four-way race for New York State governor, Democratic candidate and current state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo maintains a 40 point lead over each of the three Republican candidates, a new opinion poll indicates.

    Of the Republican hopefuls, former U.S. Representative Rick Lazio leads Carl Paladino, a Rochester businessman and Steve Levy, the Suffolk County Executive,  by 10 and 16 points respectively, according to the Siena Poll findings released today. But, the poll finds more voters are undecided than in support of Lazio. 

    Siena Pollster Steven Greenberg called the Republican gubernatorial candidate an “open question." The conventions for both the Democratic and Republican parties take place tomorrow, May 25. 

    Both New York U.S. Senators are up for reelection.  Junior Senator Kristen Gillibrand of the Democratic Party has a favorability rating of over 50 percent against Republican opponents Joe DioGuardi, Bruce Blakeman, and David Malpass, who, according to the Siena Poll, are unknown to over 80 percent of voters.

    Incumbent Democrat Senator Charles Schumer also has large leads over Republican opponents Gary Berntsen, George Maragos, Jim Staudenraus, and Jay Townsend: over 60 percent against each contender.  Both Gillibrand and Schumer have support among New York Republicans as well as Democrats, the poll finds.

    In the six-way race for Attorney General—five Democrats and one Republican—current Nassau District Attorney Kathleen Rice has a lead of at least 11 points on the other four Democratic candidates, although 61% of voters polled were undecided.  When compared to Republican candidate and current Staten Island District Attorney Dan Donovan, each of the five Democratic candidates beat Donovan by at least four percent points.  According to the Siena Poll, in a race between Rice and Donovan, Rice had 42 percent of the vote and Donovan 24 percent.

    For state comptroller, Democrat incumbent Tom DiNapoli has a 23 percent lead over Republican challenger Harry Wilson, a former Hedge fund manager.  Voters report little to no opinion about either candidate.

    The primaries will take place on Sept. 14.