Buzz has been building over the possibility that former Republican comptroller candidate Harry Wilson will run against Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand for the U.S. Senate.
A new poll today out from Siena throws some cold-water on the possibility.
According to the survey Senator Gillibrand now has a two-to-one favorability rating (49-25 percent), and 53 percent of voters saying they are prepared to re-elect her. Plus, she now leads Mr. Wilson 63-21 percent.
Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos, who has been running against Sen. Gillibrand almost since the day he won his seat, fares even worse, getting trounced by Ms. Gillibrand 65-17. The poll points out that both Mr. Wilson and Mr. Maragos are unknown to more than three-quarters of voters and both are viewed unfavorably by more than twice as many as view them favorably.
Siena has been something of a cruel pollster for both Ms. Gillibrand and Mr. Wilson. In September, one their surveys showed her at below the 50 percent favorability threshold, leading Republicans to search for a more viable contender than Mr. Maragos. Enter Mr. Wilson. But when he ran for comptroller, one of their surveys gave his opponent, Tom DiNapoli, a huge lead, leading the Wilson campaign to file a formal complaint with the American Association of Public Opinion Researchers.
Mr. DiNapoli went on to win by four points.