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The Late Morning Lede: Cuomo's Small Lead, Paladino's Shrinking Team

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Closing the gap? GOP gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino trails Democrat Andrew Cuomo by six points. (Azi Paybarah / WNYC)

Syracuse Post Standard: "Stunning" poll shows Paladino within 6 points of Cuomo. (Syracuse Post Standard)

Fred Dicker: "startling." (New York Post)

The gap between Cuomo and Paladino has "shrunk significantly." (WKBW)

The AP notes Paladino has a 20-point edge over Cuomo among female voters. (The AP via Christian Science Monitor)

Time to tweak Cuomo's campaign slogan: "Just 10% listed 'right experience' as the quality that matters most in deciding how they will vote." (Daily News)

NY1 smartly states points out the poll does not include Rick Lazio. (NY1)

Jimmy Vielkind: "For the second time in six months, leaders of the New York State Republican Party are turning away from Rick Lazio." (Times Union)

Steve Kornacki thinks Cuomo should agree to debate Paladino "soon." (Capital New York)

Half the people named to Paladino's tax-cutting policy team didn't know about the idea, and aren't likely to serve. (New York Post)

Bloomberg will endorse Cuomo, according to sources. (New York Post)

Rep. Maloney [$]: "This was a proxy battle between the people and the special interests." (Wall Street Journal)

Rep. Rangel's ethics hearing [$] will probably be after the November elections. (Wall Street Journal)

Bill Clinton regrets the "don't ask don't tell," saying, "i didn't choose this policy." (Daily News)

Paladino has state leases to deal with. (Times Union)

Joe Spector sees Tom Golisano as the precursor to Paladino. (Rochester Democrat & Chronicle)

Newswer thinks anyone can be governor of New York. (Newser)

And Cindy Adams talks to Dominic Carter: "Offered p.r. work, journalistic jobs elsewhere and only hopes of returning to NY-1, he has three homes. With no income and legal expenses, he says, 'Right now I could lose all three.' " (New York Post)