There’s bad news for Congressman Bob Turner, Manhattan attorney Wendy Long, and Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos: Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s campaign coffers are filling up quickly — and her poll numbers are the best they’ve ever been.
Turner, Long, and Maragos are squaring off to see which of the three will be Gillibrand’s Republican challenger in this year’s Senate race. Regardless of who wins the hearts of New York’s GOP, they’ll have some work to do to catch up with Gillibrand.
Gillibrand’s campaign announced today that when she submits her next
report to the Federal Election Commission, she will have about $9.1
million in cash on had, and a total of $11.7 raised.
According to her campaign, the senator raised $1.5 million this quarter alone.
Additionally, a recent Quinnipiac University poll shows that Gillibrand
boasts a 60-percent approval rating. Pitted against each of her
potential opponents in the general election, Gillibrand leads Turner 57
percent to 27 percent, Maragos by 57 percent to 23 percent and Long by
58 percent to 25 percent, according to the poll.
As you probably know, New York tends to vote Democratic, so the initial poll numbers of any of Gillibrand’s potential GOP opponents are naturally going to be low. However, as the poll’s director, Maurice Carroll notes, “Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s three opponents, so far, fall short of even
the generic GOP vote.”
He goes on to say “but it’s seven long months until Election Day.”