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Kathy Hochul Tops Jumaane Williams For Lieutenant Governor

September 13, 2018 - 11:05 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul won renomination Thursday in a close race with New York City Councilman Jumaane Williams (D-45th).

Hochul is a former member of Congress and a former Erie County Clerk from the westernmost edge of upstate New York. She was endorsed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo while Williams was endorsed by Cuomo’s unsuccessful opponent, Cynthia Nixon.

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Jimmy Vielkind of the Wall Street Journal noted that Hochul is not well-known in New York City, while Williams is less well-known upstate.

“She had come under fire for some old conservative positions that she took against giving undocumented immigrants a driver's licenses and in support of gun rights,” Vielkind said. “Mr. Williams is known in central Brooklyn, and he has pushed to rally that base, and as a black man, is pushing to rally and African-American vote that we've seen in other states push Democrats over the line in close races.”

Governor and lieutenant governor are elected separately in New York, rather than as a ticket on one ballot line. Thus, Cuomo and Williams, or Nixon and Hochul, could have won and ended up running as odd-couple running mates in November.