From the Morning Memo:

Gov. Andrew Cuomo in a Siena College poll released Monday holds a 41 percentage point lead over his rival for the Democratic nomination, Cynthia Nixon, while the four-way race for the attorney general nod remains an apparent tossup.

Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul, meanwhile, has also extended her lead over New York City Councilman Jumaane Williams, but 35 percent of voters remain undecided, the poll found.

The primary on Thursday pits establishment Democrats against a slate of insurgents who have sought to emulate the victories of the anti-incumbent left around the country and in Queens.

Cuomo has held a steady lead against Nixon in public polling. The survey released on Monday found him leading Nixon 63 percent to 22 percent, an upward swing from 60 percent to 29 at the end of July.

Cuomo’s favorability rating is up as well, now at 68 percent to 24 percent, from a 67 percent to 29 percent split in mid-summer. Nixon, meanwhile, has seen her’s fall to 41 percent to 33 percent. In July, it stood at 43 percent to 30 percent.

Cuomo is maintaining leads among self-identified liberals (65 percent to 24 percent), union households (60 percent to 27 percent), black voters (84 percent to 7 percent) and Latino voters (76 percent to 15 percent).

Nixon’s campaign, however, suggested the race could be tightening given the troubles the governor faced over the weekend — closure of a new span on the Mario Cuomo Bridge and a mailer from the state Democratic Committee linking her to anti-Semitism that was rebuffed by Democrats.

The Tappan Zee contractors on Sunday evening deemed the new span safe to open by midweek.

“This poll was taken before a game changing weekend in the race for governor,” said Nixon spokeswoman Lauren Hitt. “This weekend, Andrew Cuomo was lambasted widely in the media for putting photo-opps ahead of public safety, and for sending hateful, divisive campaign mailers in the style of Donald Trump. It’s hard to imagine New Yorkers are proud to have that sort of behavior in their Governor. Andrew Cuomo knows this race is tighter than this poll suggests, or he wouldn’t be spending half a million dollars a day.”

At the same time, Hitt pointed to the polling in races around the country in which insurgent progressives upset incumbent Democrats. Nixon’s campaign is counting on a wave of new voters who haven’t participated in primaries.

“They are tired of being counted out by pollsters and the establishment,” she said. “They will show up and make themselves heard.”

The race for the attorney general nomination presents a less stark picture: Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney and New York City Public Advocate Letitia James are in a virtual tie, with 25 percent and 24 percent respectively. Zephyr Teachout is in third with 18 percent of support. Leecia Eve, meanwhile, draws 3 percent.

The seat is an open one following the resignation of Eric Schneiderman in May and incumbent Barbara Underwood, appointed by the Legislature, declining to run. The winner faces Republican Keith Wofford.

The race has been marked by all four candidates expressing a desire to counteract the policies of President Donald Trump’s administration.

James has the backing of the state party apparatus, including the governor, and most elected officials.

In the lieutenant governor primary, Hochul’s lead stands at 43 percent to 21 percent, up 10 percentage points since July. But more than a third of voters are undecided in the race.

Hochul is Cuomo’s preferred candidate in the race, while Williams is part of the informal ticket with Nixon.

The poll of 509 likely Democratic voters was conducted from Sept. 4 to Sept. 7. It has a margin of error of 4.3 percentage points.

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