New York Governor Loses Bid to Keep Opponent Off Ballot

August 12, 2014 AT 11:40 AM

A New York judge on Monday rejected an attempt by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to block a little-known opponent, Zephyr Teachout, from challenging him in the Democratic Party primary on Sept. 9.

In a 12-page ruling, Justice Edgar G. Walker of State Supreme Court in Brooklyn found that Ms. Teachout had lived in New York consistently enough to satisfy a five-year residency requirement detailed in the State Constitution.

Mr. Cuomo, who is seeking a second term, is expected to win his party’s nomination easily, and polls have shown him with an enormous lead in the November general election, where he would face Rob Astorino, a Republican who is the Westchester County executive.

But a strong showing in the primary by Ms. Teachout, a law professor who is appealing to liberals who have been vocal about their frustration with Mr. Cuomo on a variety of issues, could prove embarrassing to the governor. (A third Democrat, Randy Credico, a political comedian and activist, will also appear on the primary ballot.)

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