Democratic voters have a short memory. After resigning in disgrace, former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is somehow polling competitively in a mock race against the current governor.
In a hypothetical contest for the Democratic primary, Cuomo is only eight percentage points behind current New York Gov. Kathy Hochul, Newsmax reported. The former governor resigned after several women came forward with allegations of sexual misconduct though he’s currently not running.
The poll, conducted by Siena College Research Institute last week and released Monday, had Cuomo taking 30% of the hypothetical vote compared to 38% for Hochul. Next in line was Rep. Tom Suozzi with a 10% share and New York City public advocate Jumaane Williams only at 7%.
However, the actual race without Cuomo has Hochul winning the nomination handily with 52% of the vote, while Williams and Suozzi garnered 12% and 11%, respectively. Hochul has an overall 45% favorability among registered voters, which fares well for her going into the primaries in June.
Cuomo’s support may top out at the number in the hypothetical poll, given that his unfavorability rating was 60% among registered voters. Moreover, only 33% of respondents wanted to see Cuomo run again.
Still, it’s shocking that Cuomo would make a showing at all, considering the circumstances under which he left office. Likely hedging against the possibility of impeachment, Cuomo gave up his post in August after 11 women came forward with allegations of unwelcomed touching, kissing, and inappropriate comments, the New York Post reported.
The former governor never took responsibility for his actions and blamed “generational differences” for how the women felt about his advances. “In my mind, I’ve never crossed the line with anyone,” Cuomo said during his resignation announcement. “But I didn’t realize the extent to which the line has been redrawn.”
It’s shocking that Democratic voters often don’t mind when their cast-offs are rehabilitated and recycled quickly. However, Cuomo seems to have a hard road ahead even for a Democrat — but this poll demonstrates that he can’t be counted out just yet.