Zephyr Teachout, left, and running mate Tim Wu, right, hope to unset Gov. Cuomo.

Ithaca N.Y. — The Associated Press reports that Gov. Andrew Cuomo has defeated challenger Zephyr Teachout in the New York governor’s race.

Teachout, however, won in Tompkins County despite being the underdog in the overall race. She received 70 percent of the votes in the county — or 3,266 to Cuomo’s 1,274.

Teachout also won several surrounding areas, including Schuyler, Tioga and Cortland counties.

In the Democratic primary, Cuomo currently holds 60.9 percent of the counted votes, according to The New York Times. He won by big margins in New York City and Buffalo.

The unofficial results released by the Tompkins County Board of Elections show Teachout with a lead by 42 percent in Tompkins County.

Though Cuomo’s challenger was not expected to win the primary, her support locally was not taken as a complete surprise by some.

A Fordham University Law professor, Teachout described herself as an alternative to an incumbent who faced criticism for a corruption scandal.

Cuomo will take on Republican Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino and Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins in the November race.

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Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.