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Poll: Schumer has lead in US Senate race

Poll: Schumer has lead in US Senate race

Democrat Chuck Schumer looks like a safe bet to begin his fourth six-year term as a U.S. Senator in
Poll: Schumer has lead in US Senate race
In this March 3, 2015 photo, Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., left, accompanied by Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington.
Photographer: The Associated Press

Democrat Chuck Schumer looks like a safe bet to begin his fourth six-year term as a U.S. Senator in the fall, but elsewhere around the state things aren’t so clear.

Polling results released by the Siena Research Institute this morning showed Schumer with a 58-31 percent favorability rating, and if the election were held today he would very likely defeat Republican opponent Wendy Long, 63-24 percent.

Following Monday’s announcement of its latest presidential polling, showing Hillary Clinton as a clear winner in New York over Donald Trump, the Siena Research Institute followed up today by releasing some more results.

“In their quest to maintain control of the New York State Senate, Republicans — who continue to face a two-to-one enrollment disadvantage to Democrats in New York — have the added burden of following Donald Trump on the ballot,” said Siena pollster Steven Greenberg. “Voters overwhelmingly say both that Trump will not help Republicans hold the senate and that Clinton will help Democrats regain control.”

The Siena poll also indicated that Governor Andrew Cuomo has a 53-40 favorability rating, down a little from his 56-38 numbers in June.

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