U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) has a pretty cushy lead over her three Republican challengers, including U.S. Rep. Bob Turner (R-Queens, Brooklyn), according to a Siena poll released this week.
“With a two-to-one favorability rating, and a majority prepared to re-elect her, [Gillibrand] continues to look strong seven months from her first re-election attempt,” said Siena pollster Steve Greenberg.
According to the poll, Gillibrand is leading Turner, Nassau Comptroller George Maragos and attorney Wendy Long by about 40 points.
Despite the lead, Turner’s camp said they are encouraged by the poll’s report that Republican voters believe by a two-to-one margin that Turner is the strongest candidate to challenge Gillibrand in November’s election.
“Once [Gillibrand] is forced to go on the record about her votes for Obamacare, to increase our national debt, and to raise gas prices, hernumbers will take a nose dive,” Turner’s campaign said. While Gillibrand did not respond to Turner’s accusation, her camp recently noted that in March she raised more than $200,000 from about 5,000 people.