Lee Zeldin, a Republican Congressman representing New York’s 1st district, is running to defeat New York Governor Kathy Hochul in November. While previous polls showed Zeldin behind, a new internal poll from McLaughlin and Associates has the Congressman above by a point.
Zeldin, elected to Congress in 2020, was endorsed by President Trump and has managed to stay in his good graces despite being in a relatively moderate district.
With the strong support of Trump and a decent fundraising chest of nearly $10 million already, Zeldin is hopeful that this poll shows what’s ahead for New Yorkers:
“As we continue to get our message out coming off of this month’s Republican and Conservative Party conventions and after airing television and radio ads statewide since the beginning of February, it’s never been more clear that we have the issues on our side, we have the momentum of our side, and there’s a big red wave headed straight for New York in 2022.”
It remains to be seen whether this GOP polling foreshadows another blue-to-red Governorship flip following Virginia’s surprise swap in 2021. However, amidst skyrocketing crime and years of unpopular COVID restrictions in the state, the GOP is presented with a similar wedge issue opportunity in New York.