ALBANY – New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo easily defeated upstart liberal challenger Zephyr Teachout in Tuesday’s Democratic gubernatorial primary. The victory by the incumbent governor sets up a November race against Rob Astorino, the Republican candidate and current executive of Westchester County.
Cuomo had over 60 percent of the votes and Teachout, a Fordham University law professor, had just over 34 percent. Drug law activist Randy Credico came in third.
Teachout was largely unknown to voters, but her presence on the ballot nonetheless served as a liberal rebuke to the popular incumbent, and highlighted his sometimes uneasy relationship with his party’s base.
In Chautauqua County, Cuomo received more than 65 percent of the vote while Teachout received just over 26 percent.
Cuomo’s running mate, former Buffalo congresswoman Kathy Hochul, also won Tuesday, beating Columbia University law professor Tim Wu.