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N.Y. Races for Attorney General, Comptroller Are Tied, Poll Says

Oct. 31 (Bloomberg) -- The races for New York attorney general and comptroller are tied before the Nov. 2 election as Republican candidates have rebounded, a Siena Research Institute poll showed.

Andrew Cuomo, the Democratic candidate for governor, leads Republican Carl Paladino by 25 percentage points. Cuomo, 52, the state attorney general, was favored by 58 percent of likely voters compared with 33 percent for Paladino, 64, a Buffalo real estate developer, according to the survey. In a Siena poll published Oct. 20, Cuomo led by 37 percentage points.

In the race for comptroller, the state’s fiscal watchdog and sole trustee of its pension fund, incumbent Thomas DiNapoli, a Democrat, and Republican Harry Wilson, a Wall Street executive and member of President Barack Obama’s automobile industry task force, are tied at 44 percent of voters, with 12 percent undecided. In the earlier October poll, DiNapoli led by 17 points.

“It is clear that momentum is on Wilson’s side,” Siena pollster Steven Greenberg said in a statement. Almost 25 percent of Cuomo voters support Wilson, Greenberg said.

In the attorney general contest, Democrat Eric Schneiderman, a state senator from Manhattan and Republican Dan Donovan, the Staten Island district attorney, are also tied at 44 percent, with 12 percent undecided. Schneiderman led by 7 percentage points in the Oct. 20 survey.

Siena, based in Loudonville, New York, polled 967 registered voters by telephone Oct. 27 to Oct. 30 to identify 603 likely voters. The survey has a margin for error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

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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