WATCH: New York GOP gubernatorial candidate Lee Zeldin ‘not in this race to come in second’

Republican Rep. Lee Zeldin said he entered the race for New York governor to win.

“I am not in this race to come in second,” Zeldin told Fox News’s Laura Ingraham on Tuesday.

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A new Quinnipiac New York poll released Tuesday showed Zeldin closing in on incumbent Democratic Gov. Kathy Hochul, down by only 4 points.

Previous polls have shown Zeldin trailing by as many as 15 points.

Zeldin said he believes he can get enough votes from Democratic strongholds New York City and Long Island.

“Absolutely,” Zeldin said. “We’re feeling the momentum. We have the energy. The issues are on our side. We’re going to be pulling off the votes that we need to from inside of the city and outside the city to win this race.”

The Republican slammed Hochul, saying she was representative of corrupt leadership concerning crime, the economy, and attacks on freedom.

“[New Yorkers are] not getting the leadership from a corrupted governor who is pandering to pro-criminal allies in the state legislature and in her base,” Zeldin said. “Even independents and Democrats are saying, ‘This is too much.’ They want to save New York City. They want to save our state, and they know that they have to break this one-party rule.”

“We will win three weeks from today,” Zeldin added Tuesday.

Republican congressional candidate Marc Molinaro affirmed Zeldin’s take on New Yorkers wanting to reclaim the state for the GOP and push back against rampant crime.

“All over New York, people recognize that the policies out of Albany, and by the way embraced by Democrats in Washington, are just making us less safe,” Molinaro said. “Lee is absolutely correct. Moms are concerned about their kids. Kids [are] concerned about their own safety.”

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Molinaro and Zeldin said that Hochul’s policies that are soft on crime and attack both First Amendment and Second Amendment rights must be stopped.

“She is just so uninformed and seeking to rule as if we want to have an emperor governor, and we don’t,” Zeldin said.

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