A startling new poll puts Lee Zeldin ahead of Kathy Hochul by a slim margin in the contest for governor of New York.
This is the first poll to give Zeldin a lead, albeit a small one. Additionally, it continues a pattern in which he has been narrowing the deficit with his Democratic rival.
Zeldin has 48.4% support, Hochul has 47.6%, and the study conducted by the Trafalgar Group between October 27 and October 31 has a margin of error of 2.9%.
The Republican has significantly gotten ahead of Hochul during the last few weeks.
Voters’ main concerns are high crime and the economy, and Hochul has been a tremendous letdown in both areas.
In addition, Zeldin was widely seen as having won their most recent debate. Independent voters, who favor Zeldin, are another significant element.
Emerson College Polling’s executive director, Spencer Kimball, stated: “In September, Hochul was winning independent voters by a margin of 47% to 35%. More than a month later, Zeldin is now supported by 52% of independent voters, while Hochul is supported by 41%. Independent women are divided: 46% back Hochul, while 46% of independent men break in Zeldin’s favor, 58% to 37%.