Long Island Rep. Lee Zeldin, the presumptive Republican nominee for governor, is confident he can beat incumbent New York Governor Kathy Hochul in the gubernatorial race this year.
Zeldin is confident because an internal campaign poll showed he beat Hochul in the survey.
The campaign survey conducted by John McLaughlin & Associates shows Zeldin with 45.5 percent of the vote to 44 percent for Hochul, with the rest undecided.
To get the data, the pollster surveyed 800 voters who cited crime as their number one concern.
The poll also shows that 17 percent of voters said taxes were their top concern.
Sources said to get the Republican nomination, Zeldin need to beat Andrew Giuliani, former Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, and businessman Harry Wilson in the primary race.
In the 2018 governor’s race and midterm congressional elections, 1 million more voters turned out in New York City than in 2014 and Andrew Cuomo’s margin of victory jumped from 14 percentage points over GOP candidate Astorino in 2014 to 23 percentage points over GOP rival Marc Molinaro four years later.