Lazio, Paladino and their alternative party backup plans

According to Quinnipiac polling, “Former Congressman Rick Lazio leads businessman Carl Paladino 47 – 35 percent among New York State Republican likely primary voters in the race for Governor, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. But 18 percent of Republican voters remain undecided and 49 percent of those who do name a candidate say they might change their mind before the September 14 primary.

Paladino’s support looks a little stronger as 62 percent of his voters say their mind is made up, compared to 42 percent of Lazio backers, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds.”

The latest information I have seen is that if Paladino loses the primary, he says he will not actively campaign as the candidate of his newly formed Taxpayers Party, although his name will continue to be listed on the ballot. Paladino is not running for the Conservative Party nomination. The Conservative Party usually, but not always, nominates the Republican candidate.

I have not seen Lazio asked whether he would actively campaign as the Conservative Party candidate if Paladino wins the Republican nomination. If anyone has a link to a story or interview about that, please post it in the comments.

3 thoughts on “Lazio, Paladino and their alternative party backup plans

  1. clay

    Actually, I believe Paladino would take the Conservative Party nomination if he could get it. It’s believed that Ralph Lorigo, if he beats Lazio in the Conservative primary, could and wood step aside in order to give the line to Paladino. Paladino’s been very critical of that party, but I think he’d rather see it emboldened than destroyed.

    I think both of these guys are really just standard Republicans. They’d each drop out without winning the primary.

  2. pete healey

    It’s a complicated picture for the Conservatives and Republicans this year. There are two competing Libertarian tickets that will attempt to attract disgruntled Repubs and of course there is a Conservative, Taxpayer, and a possibly fake “Tea Party” ticket (this may actually be some Dems trying to confuse voters). There are almost 150,000 registered Cons in New York so no matter who runs on their line they may survive, but the others may not know what hit them.

  3. paulie Post author

    two competing Libertarian tickets that will attempt to attract disgruntled Repubs

    If you mean Sloan, I don’t think he’s on the ballot. Not nearly enough signatures.

    If you mean Davis, I don’t think most of her votes are likely to come from disgruntled Republicans – her top issues are legalizing marijuana, prostitution and gay marriage.

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