Siena Poll Predicts Democratic Sweep in NY

HNP Communications Features

ALBANY — Democrats, led by Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and state Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, could be positioned for an electoral sweep in New York that would leave them in control of every statewide elected office for the first time in more than six decades, according to Siena College’s Research Institute.

Despite overwhelming voter enrollment advantages, the lengthy runs of Republicans Thomas Dewey, Nelson Rockefeller and now George Pataki as governors, and Jacob Javits and Alfonse D’Amato as senators, have kept Democrats from holding all statewide offices since 1942.

But the first post-primary statewide poll, published on Sept. 18, reported that Spitzer has a huge lead –72 percent to 21 percent — over John Faso, a former state Assembly minority leader, in the race to replace Pataki. The three-term governor announced last year he would not seek another four years in office; he is eyeing a 2008 run for president.

In addition, the poll had Clinton leading her Republican challenger, former Yonkers Mayor John Spencer, 62 percent to 33 percent.

Details about the polling can be found on the Web site of Siena’s Research Institute.