Itâ€™s a knockout for Rudy Giuliani if heâ€™s the Republican candidate for governor in New York next year running against incumbent Democrat David Paterson. But if Andrew Cuomo is Giulianiâ€™s opponent, chalk up a win for the Democrat. At least thatâ€™s the way it looks in the summer of 2009.
A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey in the state shows Giuliani beating Paterson by 22 points, 55% to 33%. Eight percent (8%) prefer some other candidate, and five percent are undecided.
However, Cuomo tops Giuliani by seven points â€“ 48% to 41% – in a match-up between the two, with six percent (6%) favoring some other candidate and six percent (6%) not sure who theyâ€™ll vote for.
At this point, it appears Giuliani is likely to face the tougher of the two Democrats since a survey of Democratic Primary voters shows Cuomo ahead of Paterson 61% to 27%.
But, will Andrew Cuomo be able to push out David Paterson?
And, with Obama’s and generic Democrat Party poll numbers in the tank, will Cuomo decide to run in a tough race against Republican Rudy?
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