Rep. Zeldin Takes Lead in New York Republican Gubernatorial Primary

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    An earlier Emerson College Poll found that 34 percent of highly likely Republican primary voters are in favor of Zeldin's candidacy for New York governor. Zeldin's score of 34 percent is more than twice the amount of votes earned by his nearest competitor, Rob Astorino, who had just 16 percent of Republicans in favor.

    In the wake of Zeldin and Astorino are Harry Wilson and Andrew Giuliani, who both received the next highest percentage of support, 15 percent and 13 percent respectively.

    The poll found that 22 percent of Republican voters remain undecided ahead of New York's gubernatorial primary on June 28th. If undecided voters had to be asked whether they lean towards Zeldin, the number jumped to 40%.

    Emerson College Polling executive director Spencer Kimball said that Zeldin's biggest support comes from suburban voters.

    “Zeldin's popularity in primary elections is highest with suburban residents. Zeldin is supported by 39% from suburban Republican primary voters, while Giuliani is most popular with urban voters, with 25 percent support. For rural voters, Zeldin leads with 29 percent ahead of Wilson who has 23%.” Kimball stated.

    If Zeldin maintains his lead and goes to the general election , the candidate is likely to face New York Gov. Kathy Hochul (D), who is supported by the overwhelming majority of New York Democrats, according to polls.

    Emerson College Polling surveyed 500 likely Republican primary voters and 500 highly likely Democratic primary voters from June 9 to June 10. The error margin for the survey is +/- 4.3 percent.

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