Poll: Rep. Lee Zeldin Takes Commanding Lead in New York Republican Gubernatorial Primary 

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

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

Trailing behind Zeldin and Astorino are Harry Wilson and Andrew Giuliani, who earned 15 and 13 percent support, respectively.

The poll found that 22 percent of Republican voters remain undecided ahead of New York’s gubernatorial primary on June 28. However, when undecided voters were asked who they were leaning toward, Zeldin’s lead increased to 40 percent

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

“Zeldin’s support in the primary is strongest among suburban voters. Zeldin has 39% support among suburban Republican primary voters, whereas 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 Gov. Kathy Hochul speaks during a press conference while construction continues at the east side access project in Grand Central Terminal, Tuesday, May 31, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/Eduardo Munoz Alvarez)

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul speaks during a press conference while construction continues at the east side access project in Grand Central Terminal, Tuesday, May 31, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/Eduardo Munoz Alvarez)

If Zeldin maintains his lead and advances to the general election, he would likely face New York Gov. Kathy Hochul (D), who is supported by 57 percent of New York Democrats, according to the poll.

Emerson College Polling surveyed 500 very likely Republican primary voters and 500 very likely Democrat primary voters from June 9 to June 10. The poll’s margin of error is +/- 4.3 percent.

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