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

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.

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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