Attorney General Race Update-Straw Polls, Endorsements, Debates, Oh My!

The New York Times endorsed Eric Schneiderman this weekend, no doubt giving his campaign a boost as we enter the week leading up to the primaries.   However, in the MYD straw poll last week, held just before the endorsement, Schneiderman came in second.

Nassau County DA Kathleen Rice won this year’s Young Democrats straw poll by taking 37% of the votes across the participating chapters.  Participants noted that the most important issues to them for the next Attorney General included, LGBT and civil rights, environmental protection, rural expansion, consumer protection and campaign finance and ethics reforms.  Rice was noted for her recruiting of LGBT prosecutors and plans to empower the Attorney General’s Office to investigate government corruption.  Senator Eric Schneiderman finished in second place with 36%, Sean Coffey in third with 18%, Richard Brodsky in fourth with 6% and Eric Dinallo finished last tallying only 3%.

Endorsements will surge this week and the NY Daily News blog The Daily Politics is keeping up with them in an Endorsement Roundup section that you can follow here:

WNYC has a lot of good interviews and information on the candidates:

And, of course, be sure to check out tonight’s debate, which will be broadcast on NY1 at 7 p.m.: