SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Rob Astorino strolls the fairgrounds. He is there, he says, to have some fun with his family. But, he is also able to mix in some campaigning in his uphill battle to oust Andrew Cuomo in the race for governor.
A battle where, on days like this, he says he is making progress.
"Oh, it's been great. People coming up, saying hello. Shaking hands. Asking for pictures, saying they're with us. And that's what we're hearing all over the state," said Astorino.
Polls continue to show voters rarely know who Rob Astorino is, or what makes up his political platform. Some just say they are not following things this year.
Ernie Moser, a Camillus resident says that he has heard of Rob Astorino but not that much.
Some know Astorino, but the candidate may not be happy with the reason.
"Well, I've heard the name in the negative commercials on TV and stuff, yeah," said Joe Dearing, a Middletown resident.
But Astorino is not completely unknown.
"Gubernatorial candidate for the Republican Party. Not really," said Wendy, a Rochester resident.
Astorino knows the task of overcoming the Cuomo lead won't be easy.
"It's a big state. You spend a lot of time in the car, traveling the state. But, along the way there's great stops and we meet just average New Yorkers who are fed up and they want reform," said Astorino.
The candidate wrapped up an interview saying that this was not a political stop but simply a spot where his family was enjoying, for the most part, a break away from all of the hustle and bustle of a campaign
"We're walking around the fairgrounds, looking for that Twinkie with Twix and stuffed with bacon and all the good stuff. But that's what the state fair is about," said Astorino.
That and getting to meet a cross section of voters as Election Day draws nearer. Voters he needs to impress by November.