NYC mayor backs Andrew Cuomo in NY governor's race

By By SARA KUGLER FRAZIER, Associated Press Writer

NEW YORK (AP) - New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has endorsed Democrat Andrew Cuomo in the New York governor's race, and Cuomo says he is taking a new poll with "a grain of salt."

Bloomberg says that Cuomo, the state attorney general, is best equipped to fix problems in Albany. The popular billionaire mayor is a Democrat-turned-Republican-turned independent.

A Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday shows Cuomo with a 49 percent to 43 percent lead over Carl Paladino among likely New York voters. Seven percent were undecided.

Cuomo says that an increase for Paladino is to be expected since Paladino is coming off a long-shot primary victory last week over former Congressman Rick Lazio. But Cuomo says the campaign has just begun.

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