Andrew Giuliani has a narrow lead over party-backed candidate Lee Zeldin ahead of the June 28 gubernatorial primary, according to a new poll of primary voters.
According to the poll by longtime pollster John Zogby, the former White House aide had the support of 28.1% of likely Republican voters, compared to 22.8% for Zeldin.
Former Westchester County executive Rob Astorino came third with 13.7%, and businessman Harry Wilson received the support of 10.3% of respondents.
“We’re in a really good position,” Giuliani told The Post on Thursday. “More and more people are beginning to hear our message, and it’s a message of hope.”
Giuliani enjoys a relatively high profile among GOP voters due to his famous father, former Mayor Rudy Giuliani, whom he used in the race. Giuliani has also attacked Zeldin as the ex-gov’s alleged game character. Andrew Cuomo based on comments made when the Long Island Republican was a senator.
“I don’t think this poll reflects the current state of the race based on data I see weekly,” GOP chairman Nick Langworthy, who supports Zeldin, told The Post.
Gov. Kathy Hochul had the support of 49.4% of Democrats included in the poll, while public attorney Jumaane Williams and Rep. Tom Suozzi (D-Nassau) received 14% and 10%, respectively.
The poll, which showed a quarter of GOP voters undecided, is the latest sign that the Republican race for governor remains up in the air despite Zeldin’s relative success in raising funds and winning the support of party leaders.
“This is a fake poll, totally inaccurate…every other recent poll has shown Congressman Zeldin as the clear frontrunner,” Zeldin spokeswoman Katie Vincentz said in a text.
A May 4 Emerson College poll showed Zeldin an eight-point lead over Giuliani, while an internal Zeldin camp poll showed he held a hefty lead over his rivals in April.
An April 10 Zogby poll showed Zeldin narrowly ahead of Giuliani, weeks before Zeldin exposed controversial pronouncements on abortion and gun rights to fresh rounds of political attacks from the political left and right.
Unite NY, a group that supports Wilson, commissioned the latest Zogby poll which shows the western New York businessman is the last in the race to die. But his campaign says it sees a silver lining in the results.
“It’s no surprise that Zeldin is fading because the last thing New Yorkers want is the election of another political insider,” a Wilson campaign spokeswoman said in a text.
Astorino also expressed optimism that he could gain ground at the expense of his rivals in the final weeks of the primary.
“Zeldin continues to falter as voters learn more about his time in Albany, where he was one of Andrew Cuomo’s key allies,” a spokesman said in a text.
https://nypost.com/2022/05/26/poll-andrew-giuliani-holds-slight-lead-over-lee-zeldin-ahead-of-gop-primary/ Andrew Giuliani Leads Lee Zeldin Ahead of GOP Primary: Poll