Cuomo Expands Lead in New Primary Poll

Also Holds Big Fundraising Lead

Governor Andrew Cuomo at the University at Buffalo's Jacobs School of Medicine on April 19, 2018 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)

Albany, NY (WBEN) - Despite a guilty verdict in the Buffalo Billion trial that saw some of the Governor's top donors and official convicted on public corruption charges, Andrew Cuomo retains strong poll numbers.

In a new Siena Research Poll, Cuomo leads Cynthia Nixon two-to-one among likely Democratic primary voters.

"Cuomo has led big the entire race, however what makes this poll significant is that this is the first poll to look at likely Democratic primary voters," said Ken Lovett of the New York Daily News. "They're looking at who's likely to show up, and Cuomo has a huge lead." 

Cuomo also has a huge advantage at the bank. Reports show that the actress turned politician has raised $1.6 million since entering the race, but under $1 Million in cash on hand. Cuomo meanwhile raised $6 Million this year and has $31.1 million on hand.

It's not only the large gap in funds that's concerning for Nixon, it's where the donations come from.

"Forty-Six percent came from out of state," Cuomo said. "Nixon has focused heavily on small donations, which is one reason she's only raised $1.6 Million. She thinks that shows a grassroots support, but 46% of them come from out of state, which means they can't vote in the primary, and it's not like they're giving big money that helps her get her message out." 

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