NEW YORK (AP) — New York’s unemployment is near record highs. Two of three Democrats elected to statewide office four years ago have resigned in disgrace. The former Republican leader of the Senate was convicted in a corruption case and 8 in 10 New Yorkers are dissatisfied with their state government.

Yet voters have been given a campaign notable for opposition to the proposed Ground Zero mosque, a rogues gallery of Democrats not up for election, nasty cartoons, dirty tricks, and name calling by all three sides in the race for New York’s governor.

Republican designee Rick Lazio faces insurgent tea party activist Carl Paladino in Tuesday’s primary for the right to face the more popular and much better funded Democrat Andrew Cuomo in the contest to be the next governor of the Empire State.

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