Area shows low voter turnout for Democratic primaries

(Lily Choi | The Oswegonian)
(Lily Choi | The Oswegonian)

Oswego County voters turned out in low numbers on Sept. 9 for the Democratic primary in the race for governor.

While the county does not have a majority of democratic voters, there were 17, 592 active voters enrolled in the party in April, according to the New York State Board of Elections. Of those voters, 903 turned out to show their support for one of three candidates vying to run as a Democrat in the Nov. 4 general election.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo led the way in Oswego County with 52 percent, or 471 votes. Meanwhile, Zephyr Teachout, a Fordham Law professor, received 41 percent, or 370 votes. Comedian Randy Credico gathered 49 votes, giving him 5 percent. There was one write-in ballot and 12 ballots were left blank in the race for the party line.

Statewide, Cuomo won the party line with 60 percent of the vote, while Teachout garnered 33 percent. Despite lacking the populous vote that decides the election, Teachout won in 32 of New York’s 52 counties.

In New York, the candidates for governor and lieutenant governor run separately in the primary. That means that although Cuomo selected former U.S. Representative Kathy Hochul from Buffalo to be his running mate, the voters would be left to decide who ran under him on the party line. Teachout had selected Tim Wu, a Columbia Law school professor.

Results for the lieutenant governor race in Oswego was similar to that of the governor’s. Hochul won with 57 percent of the vote compared to Wu’s 32 percent. Across the state Wu faired a bit better with 37 percent to Hochul’s 55 percent.

Cuomo did not celebrate his victory with much fanfare, as he released a statement congratulating Hochul on her victory. The governor mentioned Teachout and Wu in the statement, something he seldom did during the campaign.

“Today’s outcome is a testament to the progress we have made together over the last four years: restoring economic opportunity, replacing dysfunction with results, putting people before politics and re-establishing New York as a progressive leader for the nation,” Cuomo said. “I also want to congratulate Zephyr Teachout and Tim Wu on running a spirited campaign, engaging in the democratic process and having the courage to make their voices heard.”

Cuomo took the opportunity to look ahead at the general election where he and Hochul will take on Republican candidate and Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino and his running mate Chemung County Sheriff Chris Moss.

“Now as we turn to the general election, the contrast between the vision Kathy and I have for New York and that of the Republican nominees could not be clearer. Elections are about choices,” Cuomo said. “But this isn’t just a choice between two candidates or two parties; this November is a choice between two very different paths for our state.”