(CNN) - You expect a lot of applause and waving of campaign signs during speeches on election night–sign waving, not bat-wielding. But a baseball bat is precisely what New York Republican gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino was holding at one point, when he conceded to Democrat Andrew Cuomo.
"I have a message for... the next governor of New York," Paladino told his supporters "I've always said my baseball bat is a metaphor for the people who want to take their government back. But this isn't my bat. After all, as our next governor you can grab this handle and bring the people with you to Albany or you can leave it untouched and run the risk of having it wielded against you."
(CNN) - Democrats hold leads of at least 20 points in New York State's gubernatorial contest and the two races for the U.S. Senate, according to a new poll.
Hours before he campaigns with former President Bill Clinton in New York City, a Quinnipiac University survey indicates that state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, the Democrats' gubernatorial nominee, holds a 55 to 35 percent advantage among likely voters over Buffalo businessman Carl Paladino, the Republican nominee, with seven percent undecided. Cuomo's 20 point lead is up slightly from an 18 point advantage earlier this month.
(CNN) - New York's gubernatorial debate lived up to its expectation that it would be political theater as Republican candidate Carl Paladino faced Democrat Andrew Cuomo for the first time in a debate in a race making headlines for its nasty tone.
But the two candidates delivered an unexpected headline: there were no fireworks between them.
(CNN) - New York gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino apologized for comments "that may have offended the gay and lesbian community" after his remarks to an Orthodox Jewish group drew fire earlier this week.
The Republican candidate said he doesn't want children "to be brainwashed into thinking that homosexuality is an equally valid or successful option [compared with heterosexuality]. ... it isn't."
Andrew Cuomo, the New York attorney general and Paladino's Democratic opponent, criticized the remarks Sunday, as did advocate groups for gays and lesbians.
New York (CNN) - New York Republican gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino has said that homosexuality is not "an equally valid or successful option" compared to heterosexuality.
Paladino said he doesn't want children "to be brainwashed into thinking that homosexuality is an equally valid or successful option ... it isn't." He made the remarks Sunday to an Orthodox Jewish group.
A prepared version of his remarks, obtained by CNN from New York affiliate NY1, contained two lines that Paladino did not actually deliver. Those lines said, "There is nothing to be proud of in being a dysfunctional homosexual. That is not how God created us." Paladino emphasized in a statement on Sunday night that he did not include those lines when he delivered his remarks.
(CNN) - In a new ad , New York Republican gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino accused Democratic candidate and state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo of excluding "the only African- American candidate, the only woman candidate and the Green Party candidate," from the gubernatorial race and challenged Cuomo to "come out and debate like a man."
Cuomo's spokesman Josh Vlasto hit back following Paladino's commercial.
"We have accepted a debate hosted by Newsday featuring all candidates, as requested by Carl, and it is Carl who has thus far declined," Vlasto said in a statement Thursday. "Just when you thought he couldn't get any lower, Carl once again debased himself and the entire political process."
(CNN) - A new poll of New Yorkers indicates that state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, the Democrats' nominee, leads Republican nominee Carl Paladino 56 to 32 percent among likely voters in the state's gubernatorial battle. Eleven percent of people questioned in the Siena College survey released Tuesday say they are undecided.
Cuomo's 24 point lead compares to a 15 point advantage he held over Paladino, a Buffalo businessman and developer, in a Marist College poll released last week.
(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.
(CNN) - The first poll of New Yorkers conducted nearly entirely since Republican Rick Lazio dropped his bid for governor indicates that state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, the Democrat's nominee, leads GOP nominee Carl Paladino 53 to 38 percent among likely voters, with eight percent undecided.
According to a Marist College Institute for Public Opinion survey released Thursday, Cuomo is capturing nearly eighty percent of the Democratic vote, just over a quarter of the Republican vote, with Independents divided between the two candidates.