Andrew Cuo­mo is front-run­ner to replace Eric Adams in ranked choice runoff: Poll

Demo­c­ra­t­ic New York Gov. Andrew Cuo­mo is the lead­ing can­di­date to replace embat­tled New York City May­or Eric Adams (D‑NY), accord­ing to a poll released Sat­ur­day.
The dis­graced Demo­c­ra­t­ic ex-gov­er­nor would come on top in a ranked choice vot­ing runoff spe­cial elec­tion for the Big Apple, accord­ing to a Sling­shot Strate­gies poll released Sat­ur­day.
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“There are lots of Demo­c­ra­t­ic vot­ers, lots of elect­ed offi­cials who do not want to see a Cuo­mo come­back,” Sling­shot found­ing part­ner Evan Roth Smith, who con­duct­ed the poll, told the Wash­ing­ton Exam­in­er. “And would go to great lengths and take great pains to pre­vent that from hap­pen­ing.”
Smith said that the rep­re­sen­ta­tion of Repub­li­can and inde­pen­dent vot­ers in a spe­cial elec­tion would “ben­e­fit” Cuo­mo as they “might not mind” him com­pared to his Demo­c­ra­t­ic alter­na­tives.
The poll shows Cuo­mo beat­ing New York City Pub­lic Advo­cate Jumaane Williams, who Smith says is “run­ning as sort of a qua­si incum­bent,” 64% to 36% after 11 rounds of ranked choice vot­ing elim­i­na­tions.
Williams, who could “put togeth­er a coali­tion of black vot­ers, and pro­gres­sive vot­ers with whom he’s very strong as well,” may be the largest benef …