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Lee Zeldin takes the lead in New York’s Republican gubernatorial primary

Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY) is the frontrunner with a sizable lead over his opponents in New York’s Republican gubernatorial primary, according to a new poll.

An Emerson College poll found that 34% of most likely Republican primary voters support Zeldin for governor of New York. Zeldin’s 34% is a double-digit lead over the next closest challenger, Rob Astorino, who has 16% Republican support.

Behind Zeldin and Astorino are Harry Wilson and Andrew Giuliani, who got 15 and 13 percent support respectively.

The poll found that 22% of Republican voters remain undecided ahead of the New York governor’s primary on June 28. However, when undecided voters were asked who they leaned towards, Zeldin’s lead jumped to 40%.

Emerson College Polling executive director Spencer Kimball said Zeldin’s strongest support came from suburban voters.

“Zeldin’s primary support is strongest among suburban voters. Zeldin has 39% support among suburban Republican primary voters, while Giuliani is strongest with city voters with 25% support. Among rural voters, Zeldin leads with 29%, followed by Wilson with 23%,” Kimball said.

New York Governor Kathy Hochul speaks during a press conference as construction continues on the Grand Central Terminal East Side Access Project, Tuesday, May 31, 2022, in New York City. (AP Photo/Eduardo Munoz Alvarez)

If Zeldin maintains his lead and qualifies for the general election, he will likely face New York Governor Kathy Hochul (D), who is backed by 57% of New York Democrats, according to the poll.

Emerson College Polling polled 500 most likely Republican primary voters and 500 most likely Democratic primary voters from June 9-10. The poll’s margin of error is +/- 4.3%.


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