(CNN) - A reason Democrat Andrew Cuomo's the one to beat in New York's gubernatorial race: the more than $19 million dollars he now has on hand.
According to the latest fundraising data released Friday, Cuomo has $19,924,173 cash on hand, over $3 million of which was contributed since July 16, 2010.
As of October 1, Cuomo's Republican opponent Carl Paladino had $209,406 cash on hand.
According to the most recent Marist College Institute for Public Policy survey, Cuomo leads Paladino by 15 points, 53 percent to 38 percent.
The New York gubernatorial election became a two-way race when Rick Lazio dropped out of the election in September. After losing the Republican primary to Paladino, Lazio became the Conservative Party nominee, but opted to step aside instead of splitting the Republican vote. Lazio declined to endorse Paladino.
The winner of the November election will succeed Democratic Gov. David Paterson, who announced that he would not run for a full term in office earlier this year.
It is Cuomo or the thug. Being rich doesnt give you the right to be crass. Some say well he was defending his daughter. But his language was way ot of line. Is this how he would deal with opponants or adversaries? Vote democratic in November. Move forward not back
Maybe Paladino will attack people on the street to get their money like he physically confronted a reporter the other day. These republicans are all out of touch with reality and have no common sense about life an the real world! They are also rude, confrontational and uneducated as to the working of government!
The governor can not unilaterally clean up Albany without convincing the legislature to reform its ways. Traditionally, NY's budget is determined by "three men in a room": governor, head of Senate, and head of Assembly. Prior governors have tried bullying the other two with absolutely no success.
Considering Paladino's conduct and words, it's extremely difficult imagining how he will ever succeed in convincing entrenched legislators to reform. "Being mad as H___" is not enough. Voters need to see how he will channel that anger into productive leadership.
The establishment party of corrupt, the progressives democrats. Don’t matter how much Union money you got, you ain’t gonna win. We are tired of you bozo progressives hiding out in the democrat party
Thank the heavens. Now that Palidino now admits he has NO EVIDENCE of Cuomo's so-called "affairs" this will boost Cuomo's chances even more. No way no how to Palidino. We don't need thugs like him.
I think the New York voters are smart enough not to vote for a loose cannon like Paladino.
I live in Texas and feel I should contribute to Cuomo's campaign more than our own Democratic gubernatorial candidate just because Paladumba$$ is such a reckless idiot supported by people dumber than him.