Politics Hochul jumps out to early lead in NY governor's primary: poll
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The Republican mayoral candidate said he would "personally change" the signs after the governor announced his resignation on Tuesday.Sliwa, a Republican, shared a video of himself at Pier 76 in the city's Hudson River Park on Facebook live on Tuesday. He can be seen placing stickers bearing the name of Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul over Cuomo's name on an official sign.
New York Gov. Kathy Hochul has an early lead in the Democratic primary for next year's gubernatorial race, according toreleased Tuesday.
The survey shows Hochul with 44 percent support among registered Democrats in a hypothetical three-way primary with state Attorney General Letitia James and New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams. James comes in second with 28 percent and Williams at third with 15 percent. Another 13 percent of Democrats say they are unsure.
Hochul came to power this year after replacing Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) when he resigned following an avalanche of sexual assault and misconduct allegations. Hochul had served as Cuomo's lieutenant governor and has said she will run next year when his term would have been up.
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According to recent reports, Andrew Cuomo intended to replace her on the ticket before his resignation.The New York Post first reported that Cuomo intended to remove Hochul from the gubernatorial ticket as lieutenant governor before running for his fourth term in office. Cuomo reportedly informed Hochul of his plan during a January phone call. Sources told the paper that Cuomo had also considered replacing Hochul as his running mate in 2018; ultimately, Hochul ended up staying on the ticket that year, surviving a primary challenge from Jumaane Williams, who was a city councilman at the time.
In a four-way primary in which Cuomo runs for a fourth term, Hochul still leads the pack at 36 percent, followed by James with 24 percent, Cuomo with 19 percent and Williams with 9 percent.
The survey does not poll support of New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and Rep. Thomas Suozzi, both of whom are mulling gubernatorial bids.
The poll marks the first significant gauge of support as the primary field starts to come into shape. James is widely viewed as laying the groundwork for a primary bid, while Williams has already launched an exploratory committee to look into a gubernatorial run.
Hochul, too, has already started beefing up her campaign apparatus, including hiring more aides and expanding her fundraising efforts.
The new governor has prioritized curbing the coronavirus pandemic since taking office, and 49 percent of state residents approve of the job she's doing, compared with just 31 percent who disapprove.
The Marist poll surveyed 822 adults and 389 registered Democrats from Oct. 4-7. The poll has a margin of error of 6.9 points among Democratic voters.
Siena poll finds Gov. Hochul leads likely Dem contenders, crime biggest issue for voters .
The Siena survey is the second in a matter of weeks to find Hochul, the only announced candidate at the moment, emerging as the early leader. In one potential five-way primary, Hochul led with 31%, followed by former Governor Andrew Cuomo, 17%, Attorney General Letitia James, 14%, Public Advocate Jumaane Williams, 7%, and Mayor de Blasio, 6%, according to the survey.Should Cuomo remain on the sidelines, Hochul would get 39%, James 20%, de Blasio 10%, and Williams would receive 8%.In a head-to-head match-up, Hochul leads James 47% to 31%, the poll found. © Mary Altaffer New York Gov. Kathy Hochul New York Gov.