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Quinnipiac Poll Finds Cuomo Leads Challengers By Double Digits

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

A Quinnipiac poll released Wednesday finds that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo continues to lead his challengers in the gubernatorial race by double digits.

Quinnipiac University polling analyst Mary Snow says the survey finds Cuomo has gained nine points since the last time potential voters were asked in May, and that he leads his Democratic primary challenger Cynthia Nixon with 59 percent to her 23 percent.

Snow says the biggest reason people gave for backing the two term governor for reelection was his experience on the job.

“A majority of people we spoke with said that they prefer a candidate for governor with experience in politics, over someone who is new to politics,” Snow said.

A spokeswoman for Nixon’s campaign says the poll surveyed registered voters, not likely voters for the primary, and she says past surveys of registered voters “clearly aren’t capturing the kind of Democrats who have been turning out to vote in primaries.” Spokeswoman Lauren Hitt cites Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s win against incumbent Queens Congressman Joe Crowley, who was ahead by 35 points in the days before the election.

Karen DeWitt is Capitol Bureau chief for New York State Public Radio, a network of public radio stations in New York state. She has covered state government and politics for the network since 1990.
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