N.Y. Governor Poll Shows Hochul Leading James and Williams
Indeed, the MaristInstitute for Public Opinionpoll found that she is already enjoying the benefits of incumbency: Fifty-five percent of New Yorkers said they had a favorable view of Ms. Hochul, while 32 percent said they had an unfavorable impression. Her favorability rating was 70 percent among Democrats and 26 percent among Republicans.
Mr. Williams, a left-wing Democrat from Brooklyn who unsuccessfully ran for lieutenant governor against Ms. Hochul in 2018, announced an exploratory committee for governor last month and is expected to make a decision soon.
“It’s an honor and a privilege to be urged to run for the office of governor,” Ms. James said at the annual New Yorker Festival on Sunday evening. “But at this point in time, one, as a woman of faith, I’m still praying on it. Two, I’m still considering the options, and three, I’m considering where best I can make transformational change in the State of New York.”
When Mr. Cuomo resigned, his top aide said Mr. Cuomo had no intention of running again for governor, but he still has a daunting $18 million campaign war chest, leading to speculation that he may decide to jump in or otherwise meddle in the race.
In recent weeks, Mr. Cuomo’s campaign has sent emails to supporters, including one last week in which he described the report from the attorney general’s office as “politically and personally motivated.”
Were Mr. Cuomo to run, he would need to overcome the damaging fallout from the report, which found he sexually harassed multiple women, including staff members, and fostered a toxic workplace. Mr. Cuomo has forcefully denied the claims.