9:30 am May. 30, 20121
Whichever Republican candidate emerges from a primary to face Senator Kirsten Gillibrand will have to work on name recognition, fast: A new Quinnipiac poll released this morning shows Gillibrand trouncing all three of her little-known challengers by a 2-to-1 margin.
Representative Bob Turner scored the best in a hypothetical match-up, but just barely, with 26 percent of the vote to Gillibrand's 56 percent.
The other two candidates—Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos and judicial activist Wendy Long—each got 24 percent when polled against the senator.
Turner's camp gamely presented the result as a comparative victory.
"Continuing last week's momentum-building endorsement from Rudy Giuliani, today's Quinnipiac Poll showing Congressman Turner as the favorite among Republican voters is more great news for the campaign heading into the final four weeks," the statement said.
But his numbers are actually down one point from early April, when Gillibrand beat him 57 to 27.
The primary hasn't boosted profiles much: Between 76 and 84 percent of voters said they didn't know enough to form an opinion about the Republican candidates.
Gillibrand posted a 60-percent approval rating, equaling her high-water mark in the poll, with 22 percent who disapprove.