ALBANY, N.Y. (WCBS 880/AP) — Andrew Cuomo, comfortably ahead in New York’s race for governor, is now trying to help Democrats retain control of Congress.

Cuomo electrified a crowd at LaGuardia Community College Monday by trying to paint Republican Carl Paladino as a divider — rich from poor, gay from straight, upstate from downstate, WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb reported.

WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb reports from Long Island City

“We are going to go out and vote. We’re going to vote as one. We’re going to reject the negativity, we’re going to reject the division,” Cuomo said.

WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell Reports

He said it was critical for Democrats to hold onto power in Congress to help President Barack Obama.

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Paladino campaign sign on business in downtown Buffalo/Peter Haskell, WCBS 880

Meanwhile, Paladino is bringing his “mad as hell” tour to Rochester, Batavia, Lockport and Buffalo, the home base where he won about 90 percent of the GOP vote during his upset win in September’s primary.

A Sienna College survey released over the weekend showed Paladino trailing by 25 points.  On Monday, speaking on the steps of the Old County Court House in Batavia, Paladino blasted the poll and its director, WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell reported.

WCBS 880 Reporter Peter Haskell reports from Paladino’s final event in Buffalo

He said an internal campaign poll showed a different story and the Republican candidate remained confident.

“Tomorrow we’re going to send out a clear message to all those children and grandchildren of ours. We’re going to be able to feel in our heart…we are going to have a government that can be trusted, a government that’s grounded, a government you can believe in,” Paladino said.

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