From the Morning Memo:

Republican Marc Molinaro’s campaign is not deterred by the 13-percentage point deficit in the Siena College poll released on Sunday.

After all, he’s closed a 22-point gap from several weeks ago. Plus, a poll just before Election Day in 1994 showed Mario Cuomo leading George Pataki by 16 points.

“That’s right! We are even closer,” Molinaro’s campaign said in a last-minute fundraising email on Sunday afternoon. “We can win this race with your help, your energy — your commitment.”

Any new money would likely be too late for a TV spot. But the 11th hour donations could lead to added digital spending and target voters directly.

Molinaro through the weekend has been comparing his campaign to the underdog challenge by Pataki, who would go on to upset the incumbent governor’s father that year.

There are difference, including robust fundraising by Pataki over Mario Cuomo and the Republican power structure led by then-U.S. Sen. Al D’Amato.

“Molinaro is an ultra-conservative anti-choice, anti-immigrant, NRA A-rated Trump mini-me,” said Cuomo campaign spokeswoman Abbey Collins. “Pataki was pro-choice, pro-assault weapons ban and outraised Mario Cuomo $25M-$12M in a Republican wave year. Otherwise, exactly the same.”

Molinaro did not vote for President Donald Trump in 2016, instead writing in former Rep. Chris Gibson.