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Cuomo enjoys big lead over Nixon in Democratic primary contest

ALBANY – The first public poll of likely voters in the September Democratic gubernatorial primary has Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo with a sizable lead over rival Cynthia Nixon.

Siena College said Cuomo leads that race among Democrats by a 60-29 percent margin over Nixon, an activist and actress.

Fifty-four percent of likely Democratic voters surveyed gave Cuomo a positive job performance rating.

In the race for lieutenant governor, incumbent Kathy Hochul, an Erie County Democrat, holds a less commanding lead over New York City Councilman Jumaane Williams, and pollsters noted half of Democrats are undecided about that race. Hochul leads 31-21 percent, though Williams is ahead with New York City Democrats and she leads with upstate Democrats.

In the four-way Democratic primary race for attorney general, New York City Public Advocate Letitia James is ahead with 25 percent, followed by Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney at 16 percent, law professor Zephyr Teachout at 13 percent and Leecia Eve, who grew up in Buffalo and is a former adviser to Cuomo and Hillary Clinton, captured 4 percent. However, 42 percent of Democratic voters say they are undecided in that race.

The poll was taken July 22-26 of 630 likely Democratic primary voters; it has a margin of error of 3.9 percent. Previous polls by Siena were taken of registered voters.

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