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.

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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  1. Kathryn NY resident says:

    I am sickened by the attacks on Carl Paladino from a man who rides along like he’s blessed somehow by God above and should not have to prove he is capable of debating the real issues! Cuomo is so arrogant it infuriates me. Carl Paladino from day one wanted Cuomo to debate. Cuomo ignored his request. Cuomo ignored his challenges. Cuomo finally relents under pressure from the media and acts like he is the one in charge (not us), and refuses another one on one with Paladino! This is just an indicator of how Albany will be with him there. Cuomo will ignore everything WE try to tell him to do. He will do as he pleases…just like he did all through the campaign.

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