Steve Levy, Carl Paladino and Rick Lazio, the three leading would-be Republican contenders against Andrew Cuomo for governor, draw an arguably anemic 22, 22 and 24 percent -- all within the 3.3 percent margin of error, according to the latest Siena poll.
Polls like these are certainly perishable so far from Election Day. But they can have the unfortunate practical effect of suppressing fundraising for the GOP at a time when benefits of backlash against the Democrats are so clearly in sight.
Who knows? Given the state of Albany dysfunction, maybe the Democrats' convention this week in Westchester will give their opponents a bounce.
Just given historic patterns, Republicans right now seem more than likely to make some comeback somewhere on the state's November ballot, even in a "blue" state, but just where that will happen remains tough to say.
Meanwhile, in his hand-to-hand combat for the nomination of his newly adopted party, Levy announces support out of Sullivan County. The text of his statement follows:
Republican candidate for Governor Steve Levy today announced another endorsement for his candidacy, this one from the Sullivan County Republican Chairman Richard Coombe. The campaign noted that of the last 13 endorsements from county Republican leaders, 12 went for Levy.
Mr. Coombe said, “I’ve had lengthy discussions with both candidates and feel that Steve Levy is in the better position to win in November and has the best ideas to fix New York. Now that Andrew Cuomo has announced his candidacy, it is important that we recognize the need to field an experienced, well-funded candidate. Additionally, the next Governor is going to need to take on the special interests and win, and Steve has administrative experience doing that.”
Mr. Levy said, “This is more great news as we head toward the convention. I thank Chairman Coombe for his support and trust in my campaign and am pleased that he shares my vision for the future of New York. His support is another big step forward for my campaign.”