Poll Numbers. A recent Siena College poll shows considerable popular support for Cuomo. He trails incumbent Kathy Hochul by only 8 points among voters. In the race for Governor he polls 30 percent versus 38 percent for her. She has a blowout lead over her competitors if he is not a candidate. Cuomo still has not indicated whether he will run. He has just a short window until early April to gather the necessary signatures for the Democratic primary. The more likely scenario is that he will run as an independent. He could prove to be a SPOILER by splitting the Democratic vote. That would make for a victory by the Republican. Poll Numbers. Cuomos shocking numbers suggest that many New Yorkers still see him as a viable candidate !!