Richard FrenchNov 2, 2017, 9:11 pmNov 3, 2017, 3:07 pm

Poll: Latimer has slim lead over Astorino in race for Westchester County Executive

53% of voters in Westchester County say they are not satisfied with the direction of the county


According to a recent poll by RNN, The Journal News and, the race for Westchester County Executive is shaping up to be a exceptionally close affair.

George Latimer holds the slimmest of leads of incumbent Rob Astorino, 51 percent to 49 percent.

Why is the race so close? Because 53 percent of voters polled said they were not satisfied with the direction that the county was going, with satisfied voters supporting Astorino and unsatisfied voters favoring Latimer.

President Donald Trump is also playing a major factor in the race, as nearly half of all voters polled say that the Trump Administration is impacting their vote for County Executive, and of the voters who say Trump is a factor, 67 percent are favoring Latimer.

Other issues impacting the race include property taxes, with 47 percent of all voters polled saying its the most important issue to them this year. 18 pecent of voters say that gun shows at the Westchester County Center as their top issue, with 13 percent citing jobs and the local economy, 10 percent citing affordable housing, and 7 percent choosing the impending closure of the Indian Point Energy Center. Just 5 percent of voters said that the candidate's personal issues were their top focus.

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