Paladino and Lazio in dead heat for GOP Gubernatorial nod

NEW YORK (WKTV) - Tuesday is Primary Day, and there are several hotly contested races, including the Republican race for governor.

Rick Lazio is up against Carl Paladino for the Republican nod, and Tuesday's outcome likely hinges upon voter turnout, as well as where those voters turn out.

The race has turned into a virtual dead heat, and according to the latest Siena College poll, Lazio has a slight lead over Paladino. However, the two are separated by one percentage point.

What may help Paladino secure a place in November is a heavier than normal turnout of Republican voters in the upstate region.

According to the poll, Paladino is viewed more favorably upstate than downstate. Lazio, however, is viewed more favorably in downstate.

That favorable standing downstate may not be of much help to him, as a Siena College pollster says the New York City region produces a smaller vote than any region in a Republican primary.

Some political experts speculate that Tea Party voters may also play a role in the race, but Siena College pollsters don't think that will be the case in New York.

Whoever wins Tuesday will be the Republican candidate against Democrat Andrew Cuomo in November's race for New York State Governor.

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