Race of the day: Paladino vs. Cuomo for New York governor

In the Empire State, controversial real-estate developer Carl Paladino takes on the son of former governor Mario Cuomo

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DEMOCRAT

Andrew Cuomo

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REPUBLICAN

Carl Paladino

Basic Info:NY attorney general since 2007

Age: 52Buffalo, NY real-estate mogul

Age: 64

Issues:

  • Supports right to build "Ground Zero mosque"
  • Supports Obama's health reforms
  • Pro-choice
  • Calls mosque an "affront to the American people"
  • Says ObamaCare "must be stopped"
  • Pro-life

Polling At:55%36%Campaign Chest:$19.9 million$209,000

Key Quote"Mr. Paladino has his own Tea Party; it's an extreme brew."

"Has anybody asked Andrew Cuomo about his paramours?"

Petty Controversy:Drew flack for using phrase "shuck and jive" in reference to President Obama's '08 campaignThreatened to "take out" a journalist who, Paladino said, had photographers "stalking" the young daughter Paladino has with his former mistressWild card:Paladino drew national attentionand condemnation from a gay nephewafter he delivered a "homophobic" speech to Orthodox Jewish leaders.Dueling Ads:"Takes On": In this ad, Cuomo accuses Paladino of benefitting from "questionable" tax breaks and insider deals"I'll stop the mosque": Paladino promises to block the development of the Park51 Islamic center near Ground Zero

Cuomo's "Takes On":

Paladino's "I'll Stop the Mosque":

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