Fighting for 2nd term, New York Gov. Cuomo defeats Professor Teachout in primary

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (left) and Law Professor Zephyr Teachout.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (left) and Law Professor Zephyr Teachout.

And then there were two Rams…

Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York defeated Fordham law professor Zephyr Teachout on Tuesday, securing the support of Democrats as he enters what is expected to be an easy election in November.

Amid press attention and competitive polling numbers, experts say Teachout was on the verge of humiliating Cuomo — who had strong name recognition and a deep pocket going into the race.

Kathy Hochul, Cuomo’s pick for lieutenant governor, also won Tuesday night, defeating Columbia professor Tim Wu.

Cuomo, FCRH ’79, will face Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, FCRH ’89, in the general election.

Fordham students are trying to secure a debate between the two candidates on campus, though Cuomo’s camp has so far been slow to respond to requests, organizers say.

While he has spoken highly of Cuomo in the past, Rev. Joseph M. McShane, S.J., Fordham’s president, has declined to comment on this primary race.

 

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