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Maloney-Nadler game remains a draw, Patel support rises: poll

The epic Democratic primary fight between veteran New York Reps. Carolyn Maloney and Jerrold Nadler is a draw, according to a new internal poll from challenger Suraj Patel – which shows it in full swing.

The poll released by the Patel campaign on Monday shows septuagenarians Maloney and Nadler tied with 31% of the vote each. Support for Patel, meanwhile, rose to 25% from 19% in June, with 13% of Democrats still undecided ahead of the August 23 primary.

The Democrats’ gerrymandering debacle ended up pitting Maloney and Nadler — longtime allies who have served together in the House of Representatives since 1993 — against each other.

The justices tossed out the maps drawn by Democrats — which Republicans called “Hochulmander” because Gov. Kathy Hochul endorsed them — finding them unconstitutional.

As a result, a court-ordered special master merged Maloney’s East Side turf with Nadler’s West Side base, creating a battle royal in the new 12th congressional district.

The Patel campaign survey was conducted by Whitman Insight Strategies, whose founders interviewed former Mayor Mike Bloomberg and former President Bill Clinton.

Maloney and Nadler are tied with 31% of the vote each.
Rod Lamkey/CNP via ZUMA Press Wire

The poll makes it clear that Maloney and Nadler are fighting for voters aged 65 and over, who tend to vote in greater numbers than younger voters.

Patel, an Indian-American lawyer and businessman, leads with voters under 50, according to the survey. His support rose from 19% to 25% in a previous campaign poll taken in early June.

“It’s a huge number of voters. The momentum is on our side. There is an incredible thirst for change,” Patel told the Post.

Maloney-Nadler game remains a draw, Patel support rises: poll
Suraj Patels’ support has increased from 19% to 25%.
Friends of Suraj Patel via AP

Patel had previously run twice and lost in the primaries to Maloney, albeit only two years ago after a tally of thousands of absentee ballots.

“The poll continues to support our case for the race. Incumbents fight for the same voters and divide them — leaving a plurality of voters who don’t believe either deserves re-election,” Whitman Insight Strategies said in a poll note.

“In June, we found that 42% of voters in the Democratic primary did not pledge to vote to re-elect either incumbent. This new follow-up survey reveals that the same percentage of voters (42%) remain open to turning the page,” the memo reads.

The poll of 300 likely Democratic voters was conducted July 23-27 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 5.6 percentage points.

New York Post

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