The state’s Lieutenant Governor, Kathy Hochul, says she plans to stay in the race for reelection alongside Governor Andrew Cuomo, despite some remarks by the governor lately that Hochul might prefer to run for Congress instead.
Governor Cuomo has said he’d support Hochul if she wanted to run for her previous seat in Congress, which is now held by Western New York Republican Congressman Chris Collins. But Hochul has made clear that she does not want to run for that seat.
“The governor and I are running together,” said, Hochul, who expects that both will win. “When we are sworn in, in January 2019, you’ll look back and say ‘this was the biggest non-story of the year’”.
Cuomo faces a challenge from the left for the Democratic primary from actor Cynthia Nixon, and there’s been speculation that he might prefer a running mate who is more progressive. Hochul is also being challenged in the primary by progressive leaning New York City Councilmember Jumaane Williams.