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U.S. Housing Secretary Andrew Cuomo and state Comptroller H. Carl McCall are in a statistical tie among Democratic voters asked about preferences for the 2002 governor's race, a statewide poll reported today.

The Manhattanville College poll found Cuomo, the son of former Gov. Mario M. Cuomo, favored by 33 percent of voters, with McCall backed by 32 percent. State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, a Democrat who has said he doesn't plan to run for governor and expects to back McCall, was third at 14 percent, with 22 percent undecided.

McCall is raising money and preparing for a possible run for governor, while Cuomo has said he may want to run. Gov. George E. Pataki, a Republican, has said he might seek a third term.

The statewide telephone poll of 507 Democratic voters was conducted Jan. 20-23 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.5 percentage points.

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