(CNN) - New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg endorsed state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo for governor.
New York's independent mayor gave his backing to the Democrat's gubernatorial nominee Wednesday at an event outside City Hall.
The endorsement comes as a new poll suggests that the gubernatorial battle between Cuomo and Buffalo businessman and developer Carl Paladino, the Republican nominee, is tightening up.
According to a Quinnipiac University survey, 49 percent of likely voters in New York State support state attorney general Andrew Cuomo, the Democratic nominee for governor, with 43 percent backing Republican nominee Carl Paladino and seven percent undecided. Cuomo's six point margin is just within the poll's sampling error.
Last week Paladino defeated former Rep. Rick Lazio in New York's primary contest for the GOP gubernatorial nomination. Paladino enjoyed the support of many Tea Party activists while Lazio was considered the choice of establishment Republicans.
The poll, released Wednesday morning, indicates Cuomo leads among Democrats 87 to 8 percent, with Paladino holding an 83 to 13 percent advantage among Republican voters, and edging out Cuomo 49 to 43 percent among Independent voters. The survey suggests a gender gap, with Cuomo leading among women by 20 points but Paladino holding a small three point margin among men.
According to the poll, Paladino holds a 77 to 18 percent advantage among the 18 percent who said they considered themselves part of the Tea Party movement.
The survey is the first by Quinnipiac since last week's primary. Cuomo held large leads over Paladino in hypothetical general election matchups in polls conducted before the primary. Those surveys questioned a larger pool of all registered voters, unlike the new poll which questioned just those likely to vote in the general election.
"The question was whether Carl Paladino would get a bounce from his big Republican primary victory. The answer is yes. He's within shouting distance and – you can count on it – he will be shouting," says Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.
Bloomberg, the three-term mayor who is a Democrat turned Republican turned independent, has become somewhat of a king maker this election cycle. Candidates from both parties have sought his endorsement and support, and Bloomberg has backed both Democrats and Republicans.
Cuomo is the son of former three-term New York Gov. Mario Cuomo. The winner of November's election will succeed Democratic Gov. David Paterson, who decided against running for a full term in office this year. Then-Lt. Gov. Paterson succeeded Elliot Spitzer as governor in 2008, after Spitzer stepped down following a prostitution scandal.
Paladino is a graduate of St. Bonaventure University and Syracuse University School of Law. He has built a real estate business worth millions and also remains active in his law practice.
Paladino, 64, is being criticized for controversial comments he has made and public policy positions put forth.
He reportedly called former New York Republican Gov. George Pataki a "degenerate idiot" and lashed out at the Republican establishment during the campaign against Lazio.
He promised to "take a baseball bat to Albany" - the state capital; is outspoken against plans to build an Islamic community center near ground zero in lower Manhattan - even suggesting that the state take control of the area through eminent domain; and is steadfastly anti-abortion, even in cases of incest and rape.
Paladino recently told CNN's Rick Sanchez that he is not politically correct and "never will be."
"I'm not a person looking for money. I have no political ambitions what so ever. I don't seek power. I don't seek any kind of praise. I have no ego to fulfill."
The Quinnipiac University poll was conducted September 16-20, with 751 likely voters in New York State questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 3.6 percentage points.
Today's Gallup's tracking shows a shift from a 49% to 43% Republican advantage in August to a 46% to 45% GOP advantage so far in September.
Dems are getting ready now for mid November. Yeah!! The Repubs are falling in numbers because of the crazy candidates they are putting forward.
Thank you Bloomberg – you have endorsed the RIGHT person!!!
Palladino in his STINK messages says a lot about him and he is definitely NOT for ALL the people.
My dad years ago, campaigned for and met Mario Cuomo and that is something that sticks in my mind.
NY-Democrats – UNITE the BASE and mean it – WIN this RACE and be proud of it – and make sure ALL Politicians running STATE our CASE and believe in it!!! We will win in November 2010!!!
T'SAH from Virginia – Originally from NY – Approves this message!!!
I don’t trust Rasmussen Poll now I can’t trust any polls
"According to a Quinnipiac University survey, 49 percent of likely voters in New York State support state attorney general Andrew Cuomo, the Democratic nominee for governor, with 43 percent backing Republican nominee Carl Paladino"
Wasn't Cuomo up by like 30 points a couple of weeks ago?
Bye bye, dems. Couldn't happen to a nicer group. You won't be missed.
Bloomy is smart. Hitching his wagon to that lunatic is political suicide. I see that Paladino is now toning down the rantings... As for the poll, he has received the typical bump that comes with winning the nomination. Once people actually listen to his rants, they will run as fast as they can away from him
Uh, 750 voters from New York STATE (i.e. no one from NYC) does not a realistic portrait paint. Paladino is crazy and apparently enjoys sending out racist and pornographic emails to friends – something not mentioned in the article. Another Tea Party nut job who is not going to win.
I wish Quinnipiac University would become famous for its education other than its polling. Their polling is sturbonly inacurate most of the time, they try to draw attention by coming up with crazy polls. No wonder, no one talks about their academic programs!
Quit polling Quinnipiac University . QUIT so you can concetrate on educating our children.
bloomberg is out of touch with the people.... he is lucky he is not up for reelection now,, no matter how much money he has,,, his endorsement of a donut shop dont hold water anymore.....looser...
Supporting Paladino would make to much sense for Bloomberg. He loves kissing liberal butt. Phoney, corrupt scumbag.
Our hometown MAN, has his sights set on Albany, and his supporters are all fired up! He'll be attacking the liberal dominated fortress that has resulted in the decimation of what was once a great state. He's gruff, sometimes even "mean-sprited", but so what! He'll take an axe to the bloated budget, which unions have feasted off of for far too many years. Then hopefully he'll "do the right thing" in 4 years by walking away, to let another fiscal conservative take over.
You lefties better learn quick, this movement is NOT about a person, whether it's Palin, Palladino, O'Donnell, etc., its about the MOVEMENT!!!
SHOCKER, one far left wing, big govt official rooting for another.
Paladino for Governor!! How about someone who represents responsible government.
Cuomo is culpable for the mortgage mess created back it the Clinton Administration. Bloomberg has become a bafoon.
I wish him success
"I have no political ambitions". So says Carl Paladino, REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR. The insult to our intelligence is staggering.
Paladino! Paladino! America this will be huge if Paladino wins! OMG I hope he wins it. This will be HUGEEEEEE!!!!!!!!
A Bloomberg endorsement in my opinion will hurt Cuomo!
Who in their right mind would vote for Paladino? Have you seen Paladino's ties to gross pornography and bestiality, of all things? Please Google it. This unstable man should not be anywhere near public office. Ever.
New Yorkers are mostly all liberals and mostly non Americans, sure they'll vote democratic. Even though they just cannot understand what they are actually doing.
They just vote for whoever promises them the world for nothing. FREE LOADERS
Yes, I agree with you to endorse attorney general Andrew Cuomo and he the best for your State.