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.