Just a week after shocking the NY GOP establishment by winning the gubernatorial primary, Buffalo developer and Tea Partier Carl Paladino is now looking like more of a threat to Democratic candidate Andrew Cuomo. Well, he's more of a threat if you believe this Quinnipiac poll which shows Cuomo leading by just six points— 49% vs. Paladino's 43%— among likely voters. Quinnipiac's Maurice Carroll said that Cuomo "might be a victim of his own excess. Politicians and polls have depicted him so relentlessly as a sure thing that he might be a victim of the 'throw the bums out' attitude that hits incumbents in this angry year."
Some other details from the Quinnipiac poll: "Only 18 percent of New York State likely voters consider themselves part of the Tea Party movement, but they back Paladino 77 - 18 percent... Cuomo leads 87 - 8 percent among Democrats while Paladino leads 83 - 13 percent among Republicans and 49 - 43 percent among independent voters... Women back Cuomo 54 - 34 percent, while men go 49 percent for Paladino and 46 percent for Cuomo." Plus, 51% of voters have a favorable opinion of Cuomo while Paladino gets 36% favorability (31% of voters don't know enough to form an opinion).
We can only hope this means more insane Photoshop posters!