Andrew Cuomo Wins Democratic Primary, Defeating Challenger Zephyr Teachout [Updated]

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Andrew Cuomo voting at the Presbyterian Church of Mount Kisco this morning.
In a tighter-than-expected race, Governor Andrew Cuomo has defeated his long-shot Democratic primary challenger Zephyr Teachout. With 41 percent of precincts reporting, the Associated Press is declaring the governor the victor. His pick for lieutenant governor, Kathy Hochul, has also defeated Teachout's running mate, Tim Wu. Although the results are still coming in, Teachout and Wu did far better than expected; Teachout looks to have pulled around 35.5 percent of the vote to Cuomo's 60. Wu did slightly better, 39 percent to Hochul's 60. The third gubernatorial candidate in the running, comedian Randy Credico, came away with about 4 percent of the vote.

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Confusing Mailers Almost Make It Look Like the New Yorker and the Times Endorsed Cuomo

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It's Primary Day, and Governor Andrew Cuomo has emerged at long last from hibernation. The governor is facing off in today's Democratic primaries against Zephyr Teachout, the Fordham law professor who, though she has a very slim chance at victory, has still given Cuomo a surprisingly uncomfortable few months. In the last week, the governor has finally begun actively campaigning, appearing in the last couple days at a rally in Times Square and at the Labor Day parade with Kathy Hochul, his pick for lieutenant governor, where they awkwardly tried to avoid making eye contact with Teachout or her running mate, Tim Wu, who were cheerily and persistently trying to introduce themselves, even as one of the governor's aides threw himself in their path, human shield-style. (After a video of the incident was widely circulated, Cuomo told a group of reporters the incident had been misinterpreted: "I never saw her.")

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Zephyr Teachout Debated an Empty Chair on NY1

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There was a debate in the governor's race scheduled last night, but, as expected, only one candidate showed up. Zephyr Teachout, who's challenging Governor Andrew Cuomo in the Democratic primary on September 9, has repeatedly asked Cuomo to debate her. The response, she's said, has been "total silence." New York 1 got the same answer when Inside City Hall host Errol Louis asked the governor to participate in a debate. So last night, Teachout went on NY1 and, rather cheerily, argued with an absent Cuomo, whom she likened at one point to Ronald Reagan.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo Is Still Ignoring Challenger Zephyr Teachout's Requests for a Debate

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With 11 days to go until the Democratic primary election, it looks pretty unlikely that Governor Andrew Cuomo will ever debate Zephyr Teachout, his main challenger, despite many requests from her, and even an online petition circulated by her campaign. Cuomo missed New York 1's August 28 deadline to respond to an invitation for a debate on September 2.

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Democratic Challenger Zephyr Teachout to Andrew Cuomo: "Game On"

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Teachout talks to her supporters outside the trial last week.
"I feel great," Zephyr Teachout said, actually seeming to mean it. "It's not fun to have anybody staring you down, and trying to knock you off your game. But all this has done is proved that I am a New Yorker."

It was Monday morning, a few hours before Teachout, the Democratic longshot candidate challenging Governor Andrew Cuomo in the gubernatorial primary, would find out if the Cuomo's effort to have her knocked off the ballot had been successful. In late July, two college students affiliated with the Cuomo campaign had filed legal challenges to Teachout's candidacy, arguing she hadn't lived in New York the requisite five years required to run. After a two-day trial in Brooklyn Supreme Court, Judge Edgar G. Walker was going to issue his decision at 2 p.m. In a greasy spoon diner near her campaign headquarters, working her way through a fruit smoothie and a plate of eggs over easy, Teachout was showing no signs of strain.

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