Owing to his phenomenal performance at the recent and only debate aired on Spectrum News last week, Rep. Lee Zeldin has visibly gained a lead, albeit narrow, against incumbent Governor and Democratic candidate Kathy Hochul.
The latest survey, conducted by the Trafalgar Group between October 27 and 31, shows Zeldin at 48.4% and Hochul at 47.6%, with a margin of error of 2.9%. Edging out Kathy Hochul by less than one percentage point, this new poll visibly follows a trend in which he has been closing the gap on his Democrat opponent.
Spencer Kimball, executive director of Emerson College Polling, said: “In September, Hochul was winning independent voters 47% to 35%. Over a month later, a 52% majority of independent voters now support Zeldin, and 41% support, Hochul. Independent men break toward Zeldin 58% to 37%, and independent women are split: 46% support Zeldin and 45% Hochul.”
Increasing support for Zeldin has occurred amidst high crime and economic woes, which are at the top of voters’ minds, and Hochul has been a huge disappointment in both areas. In addition, Zeldin was considered by most to be the clear winner in their recent debate. Another big factor is independent voters, who have gravitated toward Zeldin.
Meanwhile, several prominent Jewish and Orthodox organizations and institutions have endorsed Zeldin as a candidate that has stayed true to the Jewish community throughout.