This is an excellent sign for Team Zeldin.
According to a Quinnipiac University poll released Tuesday, Democratic Governor Kathy Hochul is leading her Republican challenger by a mere 4%. What’s worse for Ms. Hochul, though, is how Zeldin is performing specifically in New York City.
Incredibly well, as it turns out.
“In the blue state of New York, the race for governor is competitive,” Quinnipiac University polling analyst Mary Snow said. “Democrats have cruised to victory in gubernatorial races since 2006, but Governor Hochul’s narrow edge puts Republican Lee Zeldin well within striking distance of her.”
“Even more shocking, the Democrat is leading New York City by 22%, with Zeldin earning an estimated 37% of likely NYC voters — an extremely big grab for a Republican in the deep-blue city,” The Daily Wire reports.
“WOW. A new Quinnipiac Poll finds [Lee Zeldin] way over a key 30% threshold in NYC – widely seen as key to a GOP candidate winning statewide in supposedly super blue NYC,” the New York Post’s Zach Williams reported Tuesday.
— Zach Williams (@ZachReports) October 18, 2022
“People who ought to know say that if Zeldin is above 35% in NYC, he’s the next governor,” he tweeted. “This is why Kathy is in NYC every day passing out taxpayer money,” tweeted radio host Bob Lonsberry.
People who ought to know say that if Zeldin is above 35% in NYC, he's the next governor. This is why Kathy is in NYC every day passing out taxpayer money. https://t.co/m9xCGxW5DH
— Bob Lonsberry (@BobLonsberry) October 18, 2022
And it’s not just the Quinnipiac poll — a recently released Siena College poll shows Zeldin closing the gap, as well.
“Over the last three weeks, Zeldin has narrowed the deficit he must overcome from 17 points to 11 points in trying to become the first Republican in 20 years to win statewide,” Siena College pollster Steven Greenberg said, adding that “Hochul maintains the upper hand.”
Zeldin clearly has some serious momentum and New Yorkers are starting to believe he can win.
Just 12 days ago I was mocked for saying this race is competitive.
Lee Zeldin can win. https://t.co/YxnkZwllo1
— Ryan James Girdusky (@RyanGirdusky) October 18, 2022