New York gubernatorial election, 2002

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New York gubernatorial election, 2002
New York
1998 ←
November 5, 2002
→ 2006

  Former governor george pataki new york state photo by christopher peterson.jpg
Candidate George Pataki Carl McCall Tom Golisano
Party Republican Democratic Independence
Running mate Mary Donohue Dennis Mehiel
Popular vote 2,262,255 1,534,064 654,016
Percentage 49.40% 33.50% 14.28%

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County results

Governor before election

George Pataki
Republican

Elected Governor

George Pataki
Republican

The New York gubernatorial election of 2002 was an election for the state governorship held on November 5, 2002. Governor George Pataki, the two-term Republican incumbent, was re-elected with 48% of the vote, defeating both the Democratic nominee, State Comptroller Carl McCall and Independence Party candidate Tom Golisano.

Background[edit]

In New York state politics, the proliferation of parties and ballot lines ensures that each candidate attempts to be listed under multiple ballot lines. Besides his standard Republican nomination, Governor Pataki sought the nominations of the Conservative and the Independence Party. Golisano, who sought (and ultimately won) the nomination of the Independence Party, also ran against the Governor in the Conservative primary, spending over $20 million during the primaries, or over $2000 per vote. Pataki secured the Republican and Conservative listings, while Golisano successfully defended his hold on the Independence Party ticket.[1]

Comptroller Carl McCall defeated Andrew Cuomo in the Democratic State Convention, and Cuomo withdrew less than a week before the primary, but this was too late to get his name off the Liberal line. Since Liberal supporters could no longer support the Democratic candidate but vote for the Liberal line (and thus ensure that the Liberals would maintain ballot access), Cuomo's defeat effectively helped to destroy the Liberal party.

Pataki was easily reelected; McCall received 33 percent of the vote, carrying New York City (other than Staten Island) and nearly carrying Albany County while Golisano received 14%, carrying western New York's Monroe County.

Primaries[edit]

Republican[edit]

Candidate Conservative Vote percentage Independence Vote percentage
George Pataki 18,185 (86.86%) 9,026 (48.53%)
Tom Golisano 2,751 (13.14%) 9,572 (51.47%)

Democratic[edit]

Candidate Democratic Vote percentage
Comptroller Carl McCall 539,883 (85.28%)
Andrew Cuomo 93,195 (14.72%)

Democratic primary[edit]

Governor Polling[edit]

Source Date H. Carl McCall Andrew Cuomo
Quinnipiac December 14, 2000 33% 39%
Quinnipiac February 14, 2001 35% 36%
Quinnipiac March 28, 2001 33% 40%
Quinnipiac April 24, 2001 33% 39%
Quinnipiac June 26, 2001 31% 44%
Quinnipiac October 2, 2001 29% 41%
Quinnipiac November 14, 2001 29% 37%
Quinnipiac January 23, 2002 38% 38%
Quinnipiac February 27, 2002 35% 40%
Quinnipiac April 18, 2002 30% 44%
Quinnipiac May 1, 2002 33% 43%
Quinnipiac July 2, 2002 32% 47%
Quinnipiac August 15, 2002 47% 31%
Quinnipiac September 3, 2002 53% 31%

Lieutenant Governor Polling[edit]

Source Date Dennis Mehiel Charlie King
Quinnipiac September 3, 2002 24% 17%

Republican primary[edit]

Polling[edit]

Source Date George Pataki Rudolph Giuliani
Quinnipiac December 14, 2000 60% 29%

General election[edit]

Polling[edit]

Source Date Andrew Cuomo (D) George Pataki (R) Thomas Golisano (I)
Quinnipiac December 14, 2000 37% 48% -
Quinnipiac February 14, 2001 37% 46% -
Quinnipiac March 28, 2001 36% 48% -
Quinnipiac April 24, 2001 36% 46% -
Quinnipiac June 26, 2001 39% 47% -
Quinnipiac October 2, 2001 25% 60% -
Quinnipiac November 14, 2001 25% 57% -
Quinnipiac January 23, 2002 28% 59% -
Quinnipiac February 27, 2002 28% 59% -
Quinnipiac April 18, 2002 30% 54% -
Quinnipiac May 1, 2002 26% 59% -
Quinnipiac July 2, 2002 26% 54% 6%
Source Date H. Carl McCall (D) George Pataki (R) Thomas Golisano (I)
Quinnipiac December 14, 2000 36% 48% -
Quinnipiac February 14, 2001 36% 43% -
Quinnipiac March 28, 2001 35% 48% -
Quinnipiac April 24, 2001 36% 43% -
Quinnipiac June 26, 2001 35% 46% -
Quinnipiac October 2, 2001 26% 59% -
Quinnipiac November 14, 2001 24% 56% -
Quinnipiac January 23, 2002 27% 57% -
Quinnipiac February 27, 2002 29% 57% -
Quinnipiac April 18, 2002 29% 56% -
Quinnipiac May 1, 2002 27% 58% -
Quinnipiac July 2, 2002 26% 53% 7%
Marist September 9, 2002 32% 48% 11%
Quinnipiac September 25, 2002 35% 46% 14%
Marist October 1, 2002 32% 48% 9%
Quinnipiac October 16, 2002 31% 47% 18%
The New York Times October 17, 2002 31% 42% 17%
Marist October 30, 2002 27% 47% 17%
Marist November 4, 2002 27% 47% 19%
Quinnipiac November 4, 2002 29% 45% 14%
Source Date Andrew Cuomo (D) Rudolph Giuliani (R)
Quinnipiac December 14, 2000 39% 47%
Source Date H. Carl McCall (D) Rudolph Giuliani (R)
Quinnipiac December 14, 2000 39% 45%

General Election Results[edit]

New York gubernatorial election, 2002[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican George Pataki 2,085,407 45.54%
Conservative George Pataki 176,848 3.86%
Total George Pataki 2,262,255 49.40% -4.91%
Democratic Carl McCall 1,442,531 31.50%
Working Families Carl McCall 90,533 1.98%
Total Carl McCall 1,534,064 33.50% +0.34%
Independence Tom Golisano 654,016 14.28% +6.59%
Right to Life Gerald Cronin 44,195 0.97% -0.28%
Green Stanley Aronowitz 41,797 0.91% -0.63%
Marijuana Reform Thomas K. Leighton 21,977 0.48% -0.18%
Liberal Andrew M. Cuomo 15,761 0.34% -0.68%
Libertarian Scott Jeffrey 5,013 0.11% +0.01%
Majority 728,191 15.90% -5.25%
Turnout 4,579,078
Republican hold Swing

Results by county[edit]

County Pataki% Pataki# McCall% McCall# Golisano% Golisano# Cronin% Cronin# Aronowitz% Aronowitz# Others% Others# Total
Albany 40.29% 45,804 40.24% 45,748 15.04% 17,101 0.79% 901 1.08% 1,225 1.02% 1,165 113,679
Allegany 59.02% 8,134 14.82% 2,042 19.47% 2,683 1.42% 196 0.70% 96 0.88% 121 13,782
Bronx 29.57% 58,600 61.08% 121,050 3.98% 7,893 0.41% 822 0.37% 734 0.44% 875 198,195
Broome 48.64% 32,339 19.45% 12,956 26.24% 17,478 0.64% 425 1.12% 746 0.83% 550 66,604
Cattaraugus 55.74% 12,400 19.34% 4,302 19.27% 4,287 1.60% 355 0.62% 139 0.85% 190 22,247
Cayuga 55.16% 14,203 21.04% 5,417 17.84% 4,593 0.89% 228 0.89% 228 0.90% 233 25,749
Chautauqua 59.41% 22,869 21.62% 8,323 14.93% 5,747 0.89% 341 0.44% 170 0.94% 360 38,493
Chemung 62.79% 16,398 17.69% 4,619 15.39% 4,018 0.83% 216 0.70% 183 0.64% 166 26,116
Chenango 59.50% 8,676 17.34% 2,529 17.81% 2,597 0.79% 115 1.54% 225 0.94% 137 14,582
Clinton 72.36% 17,113 14.82% 2,529 6.55% 1,550 0.64% 151 0.61% 145 1.05% 248 23,650
Columbia 52.06% 11,995 28.01% 6,454 13.42% 3,091 0.69% 160 1.97% 454 1.50% 346 23,040
Cortland 54.33% 7,851 24.37% 3,522 16.56% 2,393 0.80% 116 1.44% 208 0.80% 115 14,450
Delaware 58.99% 9,139 18.58% 2,878 14.98% 2,320 0.86% 134 1.42% 220 1.43% 221 15,492
Dutchess 57.26% 44,289 24.05% 18,606 13.80% 10,671 1.31% 1,015 0.94% 729 0.92% 715 77,348
Erie 43.18% 130,377 28.27% 85,360 22.75% 68,702 1.59% 4,791 0.61% 1,831 0.96% 2,905 301,929
Essex 71.84% 10,550 12.22% 1,794 8.06% 1,183 0.70% 103 0.74% 108 1.15% 169 14,686
Franklin 68.37% 8,628 15.92% 2,009 7.87% 993 0.83% 105 0.68% 86 0.97% 122 12,619
Fulton 56.09% 9,012 19.01% 3,055 20.54% 3,301 0.91% 146 0.38% 61 1.00% 160 16,067
Genesee 52.23% 9,588 13.91% 2,553 29.43% 5,402 1.21% 223 0.44% 81 0.82% 150 18,358
Greene 57.90% 9,363 20.29% 3,281 16.23% 2,625 1.15% 186 0.80% 129 1.34% 216 16,170
Hamilton 59.86% 1,740 18.92% 550 16.62% 483 1.10% 32 0.28% 8 1.24% 36 2,907
Herkimer 59.86% 11,834 15.80% 3,178 20.58% 4,140 0.92% 186 0.48% 97 0.96% 194 20,113
Jefferson 65.18% 17,616 14.42% 3,897 16.33% 4,414 0.66% 179 0.30% 82 0.64% 172 27,027
Kings (Brooklyn) 34.60% 141,846 56.12% 230,040 4.10% 16,787 0.40% 1,655 1.38% 5,674 0.21% 875 409,909
Lewis 62.30% 5,823 14.66% 1,370 16.71% 1,562 0.92% 86 0.29% 27 0.88% 82 9,347
Livingston 43.10% 8,757 17.97% 3,651 34.77% 7,066 0.82% 167 0.69% 140 1.01% 205 20,320
Madison 51.87% 10,393 20.99% 4,206 22.43% 4,493 1.18% 236 0.82% 164 0.95% 191 20,035
Monroe 34.27% 81,110 24.65% 58,334 37.17% 87,967 0.77% 1,820 0.81% 1,929 0.86% 2,039 236,691
Montgomery 52.64% 9,285 18.97% 3,346 20.26% 3,573 0.87% 153 0.37% 65 1.04% 183 17,640
Nassau 60.56% 232,785 25.98% 99,865 9.33% 35,860 1.45% 5,574 0.37% 1,572 0.74% 2,855 384,408
New York (Manhattan) 32.53% 117,863 55.78% 202,101 5.45% 19,743 0.25% 916 2.05% 7,415 1.40% 5,054 362,277
Niagara 47.65% 32,005 19.30% 12,966 27.21% 18,278 1.36% 916 0.31% 210 0.96% 648 67,165
Oneida 56.14% 40,186 19.17% 13,719 19.94% 14,274 1.31% 940 0.35% 251 0.93% 668 71,580
Onondaga 50.47% 74,694 26.43% 39,110 18.56% 27,459 0.92% 1,366 0.84% 1,239 0.97% 1,437 147,986
Ontario 45.38% 15,480 16.16% 5,512 33.65% 11,478 0.72% 247 0.87% 297 1.01% 343 34,111
Orange 61.22% 53,950 20.27% 17,866 13.52% 11,914 1.42% 1,251 0.79% 695 0.81% 715 88,121
Orleans 48.15% 5,426 13.92% 1,568 34.34% 3,869 0.88% 99 0.41% 46 0.75% 84 11,268
Oswego 52.97% 17,393 20.79% 6,826 21.66% 7,111 0.86% 284 0.45% 147 0.99% 325 32,836
Otsego 54.40% 9,846 22.70% 4,109 15.60% 2,824 0.97% 175 1.95% 353 1.75% 316 18,099
Putnam 69.50% 19,998 14.79% 4,284 11.11% 3,217 1.24% 359 0.83% 240 1.09% 317 28,961
Queens 43.74% 155,599 45.18% 160,746 6.06% 21,556 0.90% 3,219 0.68% 2,402 0.62% 2,196 355,756
Rensselaer 48.91% 27,120 27.94% 15,491 17.87% 9,908 1.08% 601 0.92% 512 1.14% 631 55,447
Richmond (Staten Island) 67.06% 59,656 20.50% 18,239 8.52% 7,583 0.81% 722 0.46% 409 0.66% 586 88,958
Rockland 61.26% 53,025 25.48% 22,054 8.73% 7,557 0.75% 649 0.68% 589 0.87% 750 86,551
St. Lawrence 62.64% 19,365 19.89% 6,234 11.55% 3,621 0.53% 166 0.46% 145 0.95% 297 31,348
Saratoga 54.21% 38,797 23.59% 16,881 17.39% 12,448 0.92% 659 1.03% 735 1.13% 811 71,567
Schenectady 46.96% 24,201 27.90% 14,378 19.63% 10,116 1.06% 546 0.80% 410 1.02% 527 51,537
Schoharie 53.11% 5,731 21.28% 2,296 19.84% 2,141 1.12% 121 1.01% 109 1.38% 149 10,791
Schuyler 58.93% 3,535 17.39% 1,043 16.49% 989 0.95% 57 2.02% 121 0.95% 57 5,999
Seneca 55.65% 5,969 18.52% 1,986 21.16% 2,270 0.74% 79 0.76% 81 1.22% 131 10,726
Steuben 62.26% 17,523 12.15% 3,419 20.33% 5,721 1.03% 290 0.82% 232 0.81% 229 28,147
Suffolk 57.79% 209,361 22.85% 82,776 14.16% 51,288 1.54% 5,589 0.55% 1,978 0.89% 3,216 362,280
Sullivan 54.89% 11,279 24.09% 4,949 15.25% 3,133 1.10% 226 0.83% 170 1.17% 240 20,548
Tioga 59.54% 9,561 14.92% 2,396 21.54% 3,459 0.82% 131 1.07% 172 0.78% 125 16,059
Tompkins 39.00% 10,995 38.62% 10,887 11.84% 3,338 0.53% 150 5.03% 1,418 2.13% 601 28,192
Ulster 50.88% 29,801 26.58% 15,567 15.72% 9,205 0.87% 511 2.25% 1,318 1.79% 1,046 58,572
Warren 56.75% 11,964 22.91% 4,831 15.09% 3,182 0.89% 188 0.68% 143 1.08% 227 21,083
Washington 55.23% 9,491 21.92% 3,767 17.53% 3,012 0.93% 160 0.88% 152 1.26% 217 17,183
Wayne 45.00% 12,553 14.95% 4,171 36.45% 10,169 0.89% 248 0.54% 152 0.87% 242 27,898
Westchester 54.37% 140,329 31.81% 82,099 8.95% 23,113 0.85% 2,200 0.77% 1,982 1.05% 2,715 258,104
Wyoming 53.57% 6,931 15.72% 2,034 25.50% 3,299 1.84% 238 0.32% 41 0.87% 112 12,938
Yates 52.26% 3,781 18.23% 1,319 24.44% 1,768 1.04% 75 1.06% 77 1.16% 84 7,235
Totals 49.40% 2,262,255 33.50% 1,534,064 14.28% 654,016 0.97% 44,195 0.91% 41,797 0.93% 42,751 4,579,078

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