Spinning The Q Poll, US Senate Edition
Both Wendy Long and her primary opponent, Rep. Bob Turner, found something to like in this morning’s Q poll, despite the fact that it found both of them trailing their general election target – Democratic US Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand – by a very wide margin.
According to the poll, Gillibrand would defeat Turner 56-26, and Long 58-24. The third would-be Republican challenger, Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos, loses 57-24 to the junior senator.
These numbers haven’t changed much from the last time Quinnipiac polled this race. (April). The number of voters who don’t know enough to form an opinion about the GOP trio ranges from 76 percent (for Turner, who has made name recognition – at least in NYC – a key argument of why he’s the best candidate to face off against Gillibrand) to 84 percent (Maragos and Long).
All of the Republicans posted their strongest numbers (in the 30s) in the suburbs, which caused Long spokesman Dave Catalfamo to say:
“Today’s Quinnipiac University poll shows what we have always known: the general election campaign for US Senate will be won or lost in the suburbs. What is clear is that even as a majority of all voters are still getting to know the Republican candidates, 36 percent of suburban voters would still prefer someone other than Kirsten Gillibrand.”
“Once suburban moms and families overburdened by taxes and fed up with Washington overreach get to know the cynical politics of Kirsten Gillibrand versus the tax cutting, pro-growth, positive message of Wendy Long, that trend will explode.”
“As evidenced by her pledge to not raise taxes, Wendy Long is the only candidate in the race who will stand firm in her convictions, protect taxpayers and job creators, not flip-flop, and offer voters a clear and compelling alternative to Turner, Maragos in June and Gillibrand in November.”
That “pledge to not raise taxes line” is a dig directed at Turner, who caught heat today from Americans for Tax Reform President Gover Norquist for telling CapTon’s Nick Reisman that Republicans “can’t continue to uniformly oppose tax increases in order to solve the debt issue” and “compromises” – including tax increases – should be on the table. (He later expanded on that sentiment during a CapTon sitdown with me).
Over on Team Turner, campaign spokeswoman Jessica Proud took the opportunity to highlight the congressman’s big get from last week – a nod from former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani – saying the poll results continue the “momentum-building” sparked by that endorsement, showing Turner as the favorite among Republican voters.
“As he campaigns around the state, Rep. Turner’s record and vision for fixing the economy and creating jobs in New York is clearly resonating with voters,” Proud continued.
“Following the Republican primary, there is a clear path to victory against Ms. Gillibrand. Her habitual flip-flops and conspicuous silence on important issues facing New Yorkers have left nearly half of the electorate either unsatisfied or unconvinced of her job performance.”
“When we emerge victorious from the primary, Ms. Gillibrand will be unable to hide from her record as the Most Liberal Senator in Washington and voters will have a stark choice between a businessman who will address our nation’s fiscal crisis and a politically-expedient politician.”
I’ve received no reaction to the poll yet from Maragos.
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