Does Zephyr Teachout stand a chance in the Dempcratic Primary? Let’s look at the facts:
Very few people actually vote in primaries, and the candidate who can motivate his or her core supporters wins. True, Cuomo has enough money to blanket the state with advertising and will have phone banks working overtime on his behalf. These are both huge advantages. What does Teachout have, apart from an unusual name (it’s Dutch, by the way)?
For one thing, she’s taken positions that might persuade impassioned single-issue voters — among the most motivated in the electorate — to turn out in force. If enough of them hear her message, she may be able to capture the 400,000 votes it will likely take to win the nomination. (Her campaign collected more than 45,000 signatures to secure her place on the ballot.)
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