NEW YORK (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has defeated liberal challenger Zephyr Teachout in the state’s Democratic Primary, turning back an energetic longshot bid by liberals who have criticized his pragmatic, centrist approach.
Unofficial returns late Tuesday gave Cuomo the victory over Teachout, a Fordham University law professor. 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. Teachout criticized Cuomo for his support for charter schools and business-friendly tax cuts while saying he hadn’t done enough to address government corruption and income inequality.
Cuomo faces Republican Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino in November.
And former Buffalo congresswoman Kathy Hochul has beaten back a challenge from Tim Wu to win the Democratic primary for New York lieutenant governor.
Hochul served a single term in the U.S. House and was working as a bank vice president when Gov. Andrew Cuomo tapped her to be his running mate.
Wu, a Columbia University law professor, had criticized Hochul as being too conservative. Hochul has vowed to work to represent western New York and continue Cuomo’s efforts to boost the region’s economy.
Incumbent Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy is not seeking another term.
Hochul and Cuomo will run together in the fall and face Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino and his running mate, Chemung County Sheriff Chris Moss.
Cuomo defeated challenger Zephyr Teachout in the primary for governor on Tuesday.