BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Democrat Andrew Cuomo scheduled a stop on Carl Paladino’s home turf in Buffalo as he tries to wrest back momentum from the Tea Party Republican in the race for New York governor.

Cuomo said he’ll release job creation plans Tuesday during a stop at Synacor Inc., a web portal provider.

The visit came a day after Conservative Party candidate Rick Lazio dropped out of the race, boosting Paladino’s chances in a contest some were viewing as a Cuomo walkover.

A Marist College poll of likely voters last week found Cuomo had a 19-point edge over Paladino, but that field included Lazio, who had 8 points. A Quinnipiac University poll the same week found Paladino trailing by just 6 percentage points among likely voters when Lazio wasn’t included in the mix.

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