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Cuomo Pulls Ahead of Paladino in N.Y. Race, Poll Says

Oct. 20 (Bloomberg) -- Andrew Cuomo, attorney general and Democratic candidate for New York governor, widened his advantage over Republican Carl Paladino, as Democrats led in all five statewide races, a Siena Research Institute poll showed.

Cuomo is ahead of Paladino, a Buffalo real estate developer, by 37 percentage points, up from 24 points in a survey of likely voters published Oct. 5.

Paladino, who has apologized for comments about homosexuals, accusing his opponent of adultery, and e-mails that were called obscene and racist, is a “loose cannon,” according to 69 percent of voters. He lags behind the attorney general, garnering the support of 26 percent of voters compared with 63 percent for Cuomo.

In other contests, “the race for attorney general to succeed Cuomo is shaping up as a barn burner and clearly the closest of the statewide races,” said Siena pollster Steven Greenberg. Democrat Eric Schneiderman, a state senator from Manhattan, leads Republican Dan Donovan, a Staten Island district attorney, by 44 percent to 37 percent, with 19 percent of voters undecided.

Donovan has cut Schniederman’s lead in half, from 13 points in a September survey. “The difference is that while Schneiderman is unknown to about half of the likely voters, Donovan remains unknown to about two-thirds of voters,” Greenberg said.

In the race of comptroller, the state’s fiscal watchdog and sole trustee of its pension fund, the incumbent Thomas DiNapoli leads Republican challenger Harry Wilson 49 percent to 32 percent, with 19 percent undecided. In September, DiNapoli’s lead was 26 points.

The poll was conducted less than three weeks before the Nov. 2 election and has an error rate of plus or minus 3.9 percentage points. The Siena institute, based in Loudonville, New York, undertook the telephone survey Oct. 14-18 of 647 likely voters, from a sample of 1,002 registered voters.

To contact the reporter on this story: Michael Quint in Albany, New York, at mquint@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Mark Tannenbaum at mtannen@bloomberg.net

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