Democrats are highlighting New York Governor Kathy Hochul’s shrinking margin of victory over Republican opponent Lee Zeldin as a positive development that could inspire more Democrats to vote on Election Day.
Hochul had a 17-point advantage over Zeldin in polls taken in August, but that margin has since reduced to just 4, according to some pollsters. In a heavily Democratic state where registered Democrats outnumber Republicans by about a two-to-one margin, the tight race concerns Democrats. According to Politico, Democrats claim the survey would act as a “wake-up call” for their supporters.
Hochul said to CNN on Friday, “When Democrats vote, we win.” “The fact that there is finally energy on the ground is, in my opinion, not being well represented in the polls. Although it doesn’t show up earlier, you only need to be at your best on election day.”
The state’s gubernatorial contest has seen heavy financial investment from the Republican and Democratic parties. Republicans, who haven’t controlled the office since 2002, would consider winning the election their greatest triumph. The Democratic Governors Association announced last week that it is “taking nothing for granted and won’t sit quietly by” as it launched a new super PAC to support Hochul’s efforts.
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Although Zeldin has slightly outspent Hochul in the last weeks of the campaign, Hochul has maintained her lead in fundraising throughout the race. Politico reports that Zeldin and allied organisations have spent $9.3 million on advertising since October 18 instead of Hochul’s $9 million.
In particular, Zeldin has focused his campaign on fixing the economy and the rise in crime in New York City. This weekend, he sharpened the issue by tweeting the latest New York Post cover. The homeless man, who has been arrested 25 times before and is now accused of raping a jogger last week, was shown in the magazine. “In Kathy Hochul’s New York, this is how things are. Cast your ballot as though your life depends on it because it does, “Zeldin composed.