Gov. Kathy Hochul makes campaign stops on Long Island ahead of midterm elections
Gov. Kathy Hochul is making several campaign stops on Long Island ahead of the upcoming election.
Her first stop was at Antioch Baptist Church in Hempstead, where she spoke to parishioners about crime, jobs and education.
According to the latest polls, Gov. Hochul’s lead over Republican Rep. Lee Zeldin is narrowing to single digits with less than a week to go from the November midterms.
Gov. Hochul assured parishioners that she is the best candidate for the job.
“It’s about showing up – letting them know they matter. And as you know, I’ve been here so many times, I will continue to show up as the fighting governor that you deserve,” she said.
Gov. Hochul says she is focusing on the message, not the poll data.
“I've never paid attention to polls. One last week showed me up 15, another, it doesn't,” she said. “I'm out there asking every single voter to know who I am, how I've been fighting for them my entire life and I'd be honored to have their support,” she said.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis campaigned alongside Hochul’s GOP challenger Lee Zeldin in Hauppauge on Saturday night.
"He's somebody who has very strong values and most importantly he is capable of exercising leadership. And that's what you need more than anything else,” said DeSantis.
With the race tightening, many expect to see a last-minute push from both campaigns to energize their respective bases on Long Island and throughout the boroughs.
Political analyst Mike Dawidziak said the race could depend on how strong of a showing Zeldin has in New York City.