From the Morning Memo:

Nassau County executive candidate Jack Martins’ campaign released a polling memo that shows the Republican candidate leading his Democratic opponent, Laura Curran, by six percentage points among likely voters with 10 days remaining until the November election.

The poll, conducted for Martins by Clout Research LLC, found the former state senator beating the Nassau County legislator 47-41. The firm’s founder, Fritz Wenzel, said Martins has remained ahead over the past two months due to the fact that his favorability rating has been stronger than hers.

“While Curran’s favorability has grown to by 17 percentage points to 47 perent of the electorate, Martins’ favorability has grown even more,” Wenzel wrote. “He is now viewed favorably by 55 percent of survey respondents (a 20 percentage point improvement). By five percentage points, Martins is also slightly more well-known than Curran to Nassau County votes.”

Both candidates have improved their support among their respective political bases over the past two months, with Curran jumping from 72 percent to 80 percent with Democratic, Working Families Party and Green Party members, and Martins moving up from 77 percent to 82 percent among Republicans and Conservatives.

Martins is also seen favorably by 35 percent of Democrats across the aisle, compared to 27 percent of Republicans that see Curran in a favorable light, according to the memo.

Martins also continues to perform well in his old Senate district, and leads among white voters and male voters, while Curran is ahead with women.

The intense focus on sexual harassment scandals in Hollywood, publishing, media and the arts spurred Clout Research to inquire about the local situation in Nassau County.

According to the memo, the firm found that Curran “suffers significantly by not criticizing – and even campaigning alongside – Democratic Party-endorsed candidates for county clerk, the county legislature and town clerk who have either been charged or accused of physically assaulting and harassing women.”

Martins has publicly criticized Curran on this issue, leading the Democrat to accuse her opponent of making a “a desperate ploy for attention.” She also noted that Martins continued to support then-presidential candidate Donald Trump even after the emergence of the Access Hollywood tape in which Trump bragged about assaulting women.

Also, in the case of Dean Bennett, the Democratic candidate for county clerk, Curran said there is no proof of any allegations being lodged against him.

The Martins polling memo appears in full below. Martins and Curran are competing for the seat that is being vacated by Republican Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, who opted not to seek re-election as he fights federal corruption charges.

NY – Nassau County Survey Polling Memorandum 10-27-2017-2 by liz_benjamin6490 on Scribd