Hochul, Cuomo neck and neck in hypothetical gubernatorial primary: poll
(The Hill) – New York Governor Kathy Hochul (D) is neck and neck with her ex-boss, former Governor Andrew Cuomo (D), in a hypothetical matchup in this year’s gubernatorial primary, according to a new survey from The Hill and Emerson College.
The poll shows that if Cuomo, who resigned last year over allegations of sexual misconduct, were to run for his old seat, Hochul would lead the main pack with 37% support among Democratic primary voters, while Cuomo would come in second with 33%. Representative Thomas Suozzi (D) would come in third place with just over 7%, and New York Public Advocate Jumaane Williams comes in fourth place with 4%.
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If Cuomo stayed out of the race, Hochul would have a gaping advantage with 42% support from the field. Williams would climb to just under 10% in the race, while no other competitor exceeds double digits.
Cuomo has not definitively said whether he intends to run for office again this year, although rumors abound that he is considering either running for governor or challenging the attorney general. of the state, Letitia James (D), whose report into sexual misconduct allegations leaked last year. his post as governor.
Cuomo resigned after several women went public with allegations of sexual abuse and harassment. The former governor said he had committed some of the acts he was accused of, but had no intention of making the women uncomfortable.
He also accused James of using her report to harm her politically, a claim she vehemently denies, calling him a “sick and pathetic man” in a statement earlier this week.
Cuomo has also embarked on something of a rehabilitation tour, bragging earlier Sunday at an ally’s church in Brooklyn that “God isn’t done with me yet” and that he was the target of a hunt. to witches.
However, in a sign of potential headwinds for Cuomo, 59% of all New York voters said they trusted the findings of James’ report, while just 23% said they did not. Another 17 percent said they weren’t sure.
The Hill/Emerson College poll surveyed 1,000 New York voters, including 504 Democratic primary voters, from March 9-10 and has margins of error of 3% and 4.3%, respectively.