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Andrew Cuomo enjoys big lead in New York governor's race, according to poll

Andrew Cuomo, New York State's Democratic gubenatorial candidate, has a double-digit lead over GOP candidate Carl Paladino. Cuomo and Paladino, along with five other candidates, debated on Monday night.

By Associated Press / October 20, 2010

New York Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Cuomo talks about a property tax cap during a campaign event in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., Tuesday, Oct. 19.

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Albany, New York

A new poll of voters in New York state shows Democratic Andrew Cuomo has opened a 37-point lead over Republican Carl Paladino in the race for governor.

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The Siena College poll released Wednesday shows Cuomo not only has a lead that Siena's pollster called "overwhelming," but he also has the momentum as the race enters its final two weeks.

Paladino's opportunity for a comeback are also hurt by a high 69 percent disapproval rating.

Siena interviewed 647 likely voters from Oct. 14 to Monday, ending just before the only scheduled debate in the race. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.9 points.