NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — With 78 percent of the precincts reporting late Tuesday, Cuomo had a commanding lead of 60 percent compared with 36 percent for Teachout.
Hochul beat Wu by a margin of 51 percent to 41 percent.
As CBS 2 Political Reporter Marcia Kramer reported, it was believed to be a foregone conclusion that Cuomo would secure the Democratic nomination for governor with Teachout largely unknown to many voters. What was not so certain was the margin, and who would end up as Cuomo’s running mate.
Now, Cuomo will be spared the embarrassment of running with a lieutenant governor candidate not of his own choosing, Kramer reported.
Still, Teachout’s presence on the ballot nonetheless served as a liberal referendum on the popular incumbent and highlights Cuomo’s uneasy relationship with his party’s base.
In casting his ballot earlier Tuesday, Cuomo was deliberately low-key – saying he would have no big election victory party, but rather would spend the night at his office doing work.
“I get paid by the hour. I go on overtime after 6 o’clock,” Cuomo said.
It was a deliberate challenge to underplay the quixotic, underfunded challenge he fought by Teachout, Kramer reported.
Teachout, a Fordham University law professor and former director of the good-government Sunlight Foundation, criticized Cuomo for his support for business-friendly tax cuts, while saying he hadn’t done enough to address government corruption and income inequality.