State Comptroller Alan Hevesi's popularity is plummeting, according to the latest poll numbers – proof the recent controversy over his use of a state employee to drive around his ailing wife is taking its toll on his re-election campaign.
The latest Marist poll numbers show a dramatic drop in support among likely voters.
Just a week ago, Hevesi held a commanding 40 percent lead over his Republican challenger, Christopher Callaghan. Now the race has tightened.
- Hevesi holds the support of 50 percent of New York voters – that number is down 12 points from last week…
- Callaghan's numbers have increased 16 points – he now has 38 percent of likely voters backing him…
- 12 percent of voters are undecided…
It has been a rough week for Hevesi.
Attorney General Eliot Spitzer withdrew his endorsement of the Democratic candidate Thursday – that actually gives Callaghan an edge in the race, according to this latest poll.
Hevesi's removal would take a two-thirds vote by the State Senate.
So far, the comptroller, who is up for re-election, has refused to resign.