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  [NY] Poll: Pataki still down; not much oomph for Weld
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Last EditedArmyDem  May 04, 2005 09:56am
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News DateWednesday, May 4, 2005 03:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionBy MARC HUMBERT
AP Political Writer

May 4, 2005, 9:52 AM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. -- Republican Gov. George Pataki's prospects are better but still bleak, while a potential GOP alternative, former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld, hasn't exactly caught fire with voters, a statewide poll reported Wednesday.

The poll, from the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, showed state Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, a Democrat, leading Pataki, 53 percent to 32 percent, in a possible 2006 gubernatorial matchup. A February poll from the Hamden, Conn.-based institute had Spitzer leading Pataki, 54 percent to 30 percent.

Spitzer has said he is running for governor while Pataki has not yet said if he will seek a fourth term.

Some buzz was created in New York political circles last month when Weld said he was seriously considering running for governor in his native New York, if Pataki did not seek re-election. Weld moved back to New York in 2000.

But the latest Quinnipiac poll had Spitzer leading Weld, 60 percent to 16 percent.

"The Weld-for-governor talk hasn't stirred much interest except among political junkies," said Maurice Carroll, director of the polling institute.
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