Report: NY Gov. Hochul Running Scared as Trump-Backed Zeldin Gets Campaign Into Gear


The potential red wave of the 2022 midterm elections may be flooding into even deep blue New York.

A Republican candidate for governor like U.S. Rep. Lee Zeldin will always be a long shot in the Democrat-dominated Empire State, even in an election year when trends favor a GOP tsunami in races around the country.

Nevertheless, a poll released Saturday shows Zeldin within striking distance of the incumbent, Democratic incumbent Gov. Kathy Hochul. The tightening race reflects a series of missteps by both Hochul and the Democratic national leadership in Washington.

On Sept. 3, the Trafalgar Group polling firm tweeted the surprising poll results. Hochul leads by a little more than 4 points.


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According to the New York Post, the poll of 1,090 likely voters showed Hochul at 47.8 percent with Zeldin “nipping at the Democrat’s heels” at 43.4 percent.

“That put the governor’s lead outside the poll’s 2.9% margin of error — but not by much,” the Post reported.

“An additional 2.7% of respondents said they support Libertarian Larry Sharpe, with 6.7% undecided.”

And those numbers apparently have the Democrat running scared — literally. At New York City’s West Indian Parade on Sunday, the Post reported, Hochul dodged questions from the Post — fleeing to a waiting vehicle before the end of the route.

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Meanwhile, according to the Post, Zeldin was glad-handing supporters and potential supporters the entire length of the route.

Post headline: “Running scared? Hochul ducks reporters at West Indian fest as Zeldin closes in.”

Zeldin has benefited from the backing of former President Donald Trump. As recently as Saturday, Trump helped raise $1.5 million for Zeldin’s campaign, according to

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