By the numbers: James Leads Wofford 50-36 percent in race for attorney general

Letitia James

In the tightest of the statewide races, Democrat Letitia James holds a 14-point lead — 50-to-36 percent — over Republican Keith Wofford for attorney general.

Both candidates do well with voters of their own party. James leads 82-to-10 percent with Democrats and Wofford leads 73-to-12 percent with Republicans.

“Independent voters are closely divided, tilting toward James 40-to-38 percent,” Siena College pollster Steve Greenberg said. “James leads by a commanding 63 points in New York City. She leads by seven points in the downstate suburbs and Wofford leads by seven points upstate.

James, the New York City Public Advocate, is Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s choice for attorney general. Wofford is a Buffalo native who now is a partner at a New York City law firm.

Keith Wofford

“James crushes Wofford with black and Latino voters, while white voters narrowly lean toward James, 44-to-41 percent,” Greenberg said. “Wofford has an 8-to-5 percent favorability rating and is unknown to 86 percent of voters. James – with a 63-to-13 percent favorability in New York City, where she’s won citywide office twice – has a 31-to-10 percent favorability rating, although she is unknown to about two-thirds of voters outside the City.

This Siena College Poll was conducted September 20-27, 2018 by telephone calls conducted in English to 701 likely New York State 2018 general election voters. It has a margin of error of 3.9 percentage points.