Rep. Lee Zeldin claims to hold a whopping 30-point lead over his rivals in the GOP gubernatorial primary, citing an internal campaign poll, but his haters scoff at the idea and wonder why his supporters are working so hard. hard to keep them. to be on the ballot.
The survey said the Long Island congressman would win 46.8% of Republican voters in the Empire State – compared to opponents Rob Astorino, Andrew Giuliani and Harry Wilson.
Astorino, the former Westchester County leader, received 16.5% of GOP support, followed by former Trump White House aide Andrew Giuliani, son of the former New York mayor and lawyer for Trump, with 15.3% and businessman Harry Wilson with 7%. The others were undecided.
The survey was conducted by McLaughlin Associates Survey and provided to The Post.
But rivals have derided Zeldin’s internal poll as a fantasy and argued that posting it shows he knows he’s in trouble after pro-Zeldin forces recently filed petition challenges in an attempt to disqualify Astorino and Giuliani from running in the June 28 primary.
If Zeldin is so far ahead in your race, why is the Zeldin team trying to knock opponents off the ballot, Giuliani asked.
“A 30-point lead? It’s laughable. It’s desperation,” Giuliani said. “It shows you the kind of liars working on the Zeldin campaign.”
Giuliani claimed he would win the nomination.
“We’re going to kick Zeldin’s ass in the debates. Lee has the charm of a frying pan. Oh I am sorry. It’s insulting the frying pan,” he said.
Astorino also said that Zeldin was clearly getting ahead of himself.
“We don’t do coronations in New York,” Astorino said last week.
The Zeldin campaign insists it is not behind the petition challenges.
There have been few independent polls taken on the Republican primary for governor compared to the Democratic primary, but the few polls that have been taken suggest a tighter race.
An Emerson College poll released last month showed Zeldin leading with 27% Republican support, followed by Giuliani with 17%, Astorino with 11%, Wilson with 6% and Sheriff Michael Carpinelli with 5%.
A March survey by Siena College found Giuliani to be the most recognized name among Republican voters.
Another poll released earlier this month by centrist group Unite NY showed a tighter race showing Giuliani with a slim lead over Zeldin, 29.1% to 27.8%, followed by Astorino with 15.2% and Wilson with 10.5%. Another 17% of respondents were undecided. The survey was conducted by John Zogby Associates.
Unite NY is now backing Wilson for governor.
The Zeldin campaign poll was taken earlier this month and included 400 likely Republican voters. Voters were also asked about a hypothetical three-way, two-way race.
Without Giuliani in the mix, Zeldin garners the support of 52% of GOP voters at 20.2% for Astorino, 9.1% for Wilson with the rest undecided.
Zeldin, who is also backed by the Conservative Party, beat Wilson 63.6% to 12.9% among likely GOP primary voters in a head-to-head matchup with the undecided rest.
The survey has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.9 percentage points.
The poll showed Zeldin capturing the vast majority of Republican support in his Long Island base and a large number of voters upstate. Astorino was leading on his home turf in Westchester County and Giuliani did better in New York, where his father, Rudy Giuliani, served two terms as mayor.
Zeldin was elected last month at the state Republican Party convention. His campaign released a poll soon after that showed him a huge lead.
He or another GOP winner would likely face Democratic Gov. Kathy Hochul, the undisputed favorite to win her party’s nomination to retain the seat.
Hochul, the former lieutenant governor, took over as New York City’s chief executive last August after former Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo resigned under threat of impeachment over a sexual harassment scandal. .
She faces a Democratic primary challenge from City Public Advocate Jumaane Wiliams and Long Island Congressman Tom Suozzi.
Zeldin tries to look beyond the primary.
“New Yorkers are totally fed up with Kathy Hochul and the one-party rule in Albany and are ready to take control of their own destiny. For some, this unfortunately means permanently fleeing New York. For others, it means doing everything in their power to support my rescue mission to save our state,” Zeldin said.
“Under the control of Hochul and the one-party Democrat, crushing taxes, dangerous streets and subways, attacks on education and freedom, and endemic corruption in Albany have brought our state to the brink.”
New York Post