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Former federal housing secretary Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday he is quitting the governor’s race and throwing his support to state Comptroller H. Carl McCall.

“We need healing now,” the elder son of former Gov. Mario Cuomo said in a brief telephone interview with The Associated Press.
Cuomo, 44, was making his announcement at an afternoon news conference in New York City to be attended by former President Clinton and Rep. Charles Rangel, a top McCall supporter. McCall, 66, was not going to the event.

Cuomo said he did not feel he would have a chance of beating McCall for the Democratic nomination without launching a heavily negative advertising campaign. While Cuomo said some advisers recommended that, he had rejected the notion.

Cuomo also said he had fallen behind in the polls because McCall’s television advertising was better. “I accept responsibility for that,” Cuomo said.
Talks over a possible Cuomo withdrawal began Sunday and by Tuesday morning they involved Clinton as well as aides to Cuomo and McCall.

Those familiar with the talks, who spoke only on condition of anonymity, said Cuomo asked for certain conditions to be met, including a high-profile role for him in the McCall campaign, before he would agree to leave the race. The comptroller balked, the sources said.

A top Cuomo aide, speaking on condition of anonymity, denied any pre-conditions had been demanded by Cuomo.

With recent polls showing Cuomo trailing well behind McCall, a pre-primary endorsement of his rival could help the former Clinton cabinet member survive an electoral loss and maintain viability as a potential future gubernatorial candidate. The advantage to McCall would be no additional pre-primary attacks from Cuomo that could make the comptroller’s race against Republican Gov. George Pataki more difficult.

“We had negative campaign commercials ready to go that won’t be run,” the Cuomo aide said. “This is a classy thing to do and is being done for the good of the Democratic Party.”

Word of the possible withdrawal by Cuomo came as an independent statewide poll reported that with the Sept. 10 Democratic primary just a week away, McCall’s lead over Cuomo had widened to more than 20 percentage points among likely Democratic voters.

The poll, from the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, had McCall, the only black candidate ever elected to statewide office in New York, leading Cuomo, 47 percent to 25 percent, among the likely Democratic voters.

The poll of 452 likely Democratic primary voters was conducted Aug. 26 to Sunday and has a margin of error of plus or minus 5 percentage points.
The winner of the Democratic primary will face Pataki, maing his bid for a third term.

Polls have consistently shown Pataki with big leads over both Democrats.

Cuomo entered the governor’s race early last year with a lead in the polls over McCall. Cuomo quickly proved to be a more adept fund-raiser. The McCall camp laid Cuomo’s early success to the name-recognition factor.

While Cuomo had served as his father’s top political adviser for years, the race against McCall was the first as a candidate for the younger Cuomo. There were missteps along the way — the most visible in April when he complained that Pataki had ceded post-Sept. 11 leadership to then-Mayor Rudolph Giuliani. Cuomo said the governor had merely “held the leader’s coat.” Cuomo was roundly criticized for the remarks and even his father later said it had been a political mistake.
McCall ran a fairly steady campaign focusing on his rise out of poverty, a lengthy resume that included a stint as a deputy ambassador to the United Nations and as a Citibank vice president, and his promise to improve education in the state.

While officially neutral in the race between Cuomo and McCall, there have been signs in recent weeks that President Clinton and his wife, New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, have been leaning toward the comptroller

On Friday, the Clintons were at the State Fair in Syracuse at the same time as Cuomo. The trio didn’t even manage a photograph together. On Monday, Sen. Clinton had McCall marching by her side in the West Indian American Day parade in New York City.

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