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Niche issues are political parties in NY

Albany, N.Y. (AP) -- Niche issues are becoming political parties in New York's gubernatorial race.

Republican Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino is trying to tap the votes of angry parents and educators by petitioning for a "Stop Common Core" line on the November ballot. Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo launched a "Women's Equality Party" line, announced by running mate Kathy Hochul with endorsements from his girlfriend, Food Network star Sandra Lee, actress Lena Dunham and model Christie Brinkley.

But the issues chosen by Astorino and Cuomo aren't voters' top concerns, according to a Siena College Research Institute poll in mid-July.

In the 1994 race for governor, the "Tax Cut Now" ballot line targeted one of voters' top concerns. It contributed 54,000 votes to Republican George Pataki's upset victory over Cuomo's father, Mario.

 
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