The Democratic primary for attorney general is a wide open race, according to a new Siena College poll released Tuesday.
New York City Public Advocate Letitia James received 25 percent in the survey of 630 likely Democratic primary voters. U.S. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney is running in second with 16 percent. Former congressional and gubernatorial candidate Zephyr Teachout stands at 13 percent and 4 percent of voters said they are supporting Leecia Eve, an attorney and Buffalo native.
Forty-two percent of voters are undecided, the poll found.
James holds leads in most demographic groups. She has a 29-point lead over her closest competitor in New York City.
However, Maloney leads by 10 points over James in the suburbs. He also received the most support (21 percent) among upstate voters.
"It's not surprising that the race is wide open since none of the candidates are particularly well known to voters," Siena pollster Steve Greenberg said.
James has the most name recognition and the highest favorable rating (36 percent). But a majority of Democratic voters — 54 percent — said they don't know or have no opinion of her. That includes nearly one-third of voters in New York City, where she has been a city councilor and public advocate.
Teachout's favorable rating is 27 percent, with 61 percent saying they don't know or have no opinion of her. Maloney is viewed favorably by 21 percent of likely primary voters, but he's unknown to two-thirds of the electorate.
Eve has a 9 percent favorable rating and 83 percent don't know or have no opinion of her.
The winner of the Democratic primary will face Republican nominee Keith Wofford, a Manhattan attorney, in the general election. It's an open race due to the resignation of former Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, a Democrat who stepped down due to abuse allegations.
The Democratic primary is Thursday, Sept. 13.