Ron DeSantis will campaign with Republican Lee Zeldin in deep blue New York as polls show him shutting down Democrat Kathy Hochul
- Republicans send top figures to New York because they smell an anger
- Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis will campaign for Lee Zeldin on Saturday
- He has halved the gap with Democrat Kathy Hochul in the race for governor
- Virginia’s Glenn Youngkin, who took his own win, is also on his way
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis will head to New York on Saturday to add his star power to the contest to oust the deep-blue state’s Democratic governor.
His arrival will be seen not only by Republicans’ growing hopes of causing a series of disruptions during next month’s midterm terms, but also by confirmation that he wants to build his national profile ahead of a presidential run in 2024.
In New York, Republican challenger Lee Zeldin is closed to less than seven points from Governor Kathy Hochul after trailing her by 14 points at the start of the month, according to political website FiveThirtyEight.
Democrats are pouring millions more into her campaign to bolster her position, while DeSantis — one of the GOP’s hottest figures — will punch for Zeldin on Saturday in Long Island.
The Florida governor will take time out from his own reelection campaign to join Zeldin in a “Get Out the Vote” event on the first day of the early vote.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is one of the most popular figures in the Republican Party and he will campaign in New York on Saturday for GOP governor candidate Lee Zeldin.
Zeldin has narrowed a 14-point gap to 6 points as he tries to overthrow Governor Kathy Hochul
“I have to say, New York, we get to choose, I think we’re going to elect Republican Governor Lee Zeldin,” DeSantis told Fox News on Thursday.
He will be followed on Saturday by Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin. He is a sought-after candidate among Republican governor candidates in blue states eager to learn the lessons of his surprise victory in Virginia last year.
Zeldin, a four-year congressman from the party’s Trumpist wing, made headway this month by hitting Hochul hard on crime and the economy.
The most recent poll, published by Democratic consulting firm Slingshot Strategies, gives Hochul a six-point lead.
Democrats are deploying some of their biggest weapons to protect their lead.
President Joe Biden visited the state on Thursday to deliver what he believes is good news about investment and the economy.
And former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will be a “surprise guest” at an Upper West Side rally next week, according to City & State.
Democrats face several challenges from an energetic Republican Party.
The main focus of Biden’s visit was to support Representative Sean Patrick Maloney, in a district that the president won by 10 points two years ago.
The two candidates for governor appeared together in a debate this week and clashed over crime. Hochul infuriated New Yorkers by asking why bail reforms, which many believe have fueled New York City’s rising crime problem, are “so important.”
Zeldin challenged Hochul over the statewide reforms passed in 2019 under former Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio that released thousands of “low-level” offenders back onto the streets.
There are more problems for the Democrats in New York. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY) is now in a toss-up race against a Republican opponent in a district that Biden won by 10 points
Governor Kathy Hochul infuriated New Yorkers by suggesting during a debate against opponent Lee Zeldin that bail reforms that have increased crime in the city aren’t important.
A quick poll by co/efficient in the immediate aftermath of their first and only pre-election debate on Tuesday put Zeldin ahead of Hochul by the narrowest margins
Many New Yorkers believe it is one of the main drivers of the city’s growing crime problem.
“We’re halfway through the debate and she still hasn’t talked about incarcerating someone who commits a crime,” Zeldin said.
Hochul replied, “Anyone who commits a crime under our laws, especially with the change they made to get out on bail, has consequences.
“I don’t know why that’s so important to you.”
Her comment angered Republicans and viewers, who took it as a sure sign that she won’t impose stricter rules if she’s elected in November.
Hochul was appointed to replace Governor Andrew Cuomo when he was impeached in a sex scandal last year, but she was never elected by the state’s 19 million residents.