Cuomo, Molinaro campaign in Buffalo, Siena poll finds race tightening

Nov 4, 2018

Both Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his Republican challenger Mark Molinaro campaigned in the Buffalo area Saturday in advance of Tuesday's elections.

Speaking at St. John Baptist Church, Cuomo attacked the Trump White House and touted his economic development efforts.

Molinaro rallied with Republicans in Cheektowaga. Afterward, he told reporters that he would enact strict ethics reforms in New York.

A new poll out Sunday from the Siena Research Institute shows Molinaro gaining on Cuomo. The Governor's lead has dropped from 22 points last month to 13 points just days before the election. The margin is now 49 to 36 percent in favor of Cuomo.

Cuomo has a huge lead in New York City, 77-14 percent over Molinaro. Pollster Steven Greenberg said that should provide enough of a cushion for Cuomo as Molinaro holds a ten point lead over the incumbent upstate, 46-36 percent.

The Siena poll also finds Democratic Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli has a 37 point lead over Republican challenger Jonathan Trichter.

In the race for Attorney General, where there is no incumbent running, Democrat Tish James leads Republican Keith Wofford by 12 points.

In the final statewide race, Democratic US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is ahead of Republican Chele Chiavacci Farley 58-35 percent.