Poll: Kirsten Gillibrand, Barack Obama hold huge leads in NY

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U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand enjoys a massive lead over Republican Wendy Long with eight weeks to go before Election Day, according to a new poll released Thursday.

Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) leads Long 64 percent to 27 percent, according to the survey by Quinnipiac University. Among independent voters, Gillibrand leads 56-29.

The poll also showed that President Barack Obama still maintains a huge lead – 62 percent to 34 percent - over Republican Mitt Romney in New York. The Democrat has a 35-point lead over the former Massachusetts governor among women, and a 20-point lead among men.

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In New York, “the poll numbers say it’s an Obama blowout,” said Quinnipiac pollster Maurice Carroll.

In the Senate race, 54 percent of those surveyed said they had a favorable opinion of Gillibrand compared to 16 percent unfavorable. In contrast, 74 percent said they didn’t know enough about Long – who hasn’t run for office before – to form an opinion.

“The significant number in the Senate race is how many voters don't know enough to decide whether they like or dislike Wendy Long,” Carroll said.

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