Zeldin is closing in.

According to a recently released poll from the Trafalgar Group, GOP gubernatorial candidate in New York Lee Zeldin has reduced Governor Kathy Hochul’s lead to a razor-thin margin: 44.5% to 42.6%; Libertarian candidate Larry Sharpe holds 3.2% of the vote, and 9.7% are undecided. Hochul’s 1.9% lead is just within the poll’s margin of error, The Daily Wire reports.

If Zeldin’s momentum continues, he may pull off a major upset in the Empire State.

“We saw a few trends,” Trafalgar Group chief pollster Robert Cahaly told The Daily Wire in an interview. “She [Hochul] is not winning Democrats by nearly what she needs to win, and Zeldin is dominating with Republicans and independents.”

From The Daily Wire:

One of the biggest reasons why Hochul is lagging among her own party and Zeldin is surging is the growing problem of crime in the state. Cahaly told The Daily Wire that crime is overwhelmingly the top issue for New York voters. “It’s the only state we’ve seen crime exceed the economy,” he said.

Crime is especially important for people who live in and around New York City, even lifelong Democrats; their number one issue is crime, and they are voting for Zeldin because of it, Cahaly added. Voters especially want something to be done about soft-on-crime progressive prosecutors like Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg. “They believe that she has the power to remove these liberal DA’s, and she won’t, and that’s why they don’t like her,” said Cahaly.

In addition to crime, illegal immigration and the border crisis are weighing heavily on voters’ minds. “More and more people outside of border states are telling us they’re worried about fentanyl and someone they know being hurt from that,” and New York is no different, Cahaly said.

Earlier this week, New York City and State law enforcement officials and the DEA announced the arrest of a woman and the seizure of more than 15,000 brightly-colored rainbow fentanyl pills hidden in a box of Lego blocks, as The Daily Wire reported. Investigators found that the pills had originated from Mexican drug cartels.

Zeldin spoke with Fox & Friends Monday morning to discuss a shooting that took place close to his home Sunday evening while his twin daughters were home alone.

“It really freaked them out,” Zeldin said of his daughters. “This is something where you had two people who got shot who were essentially laying down about ten feet from where they were doing homework. One of the bullets landed about 30 feet from where the girls were doing homework.”

Watch the clip above. More over at The New York Post:

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