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Albany: Primary challenge could free Cuomo to spend more

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Zephyr Teachout on Thursday, June

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Zephyr Teachout on Thursday, June 19, 2014. (Credit: AP / Bebeto Matthews)

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo could face a Fordham University professor in a Democratic primary — and benefit financially in one important way.

Zephyr Teachout, who says Cuomo favors corporations and the wealthy, said she has submitted 45,000 petition signatures to qualify for a gubernatorial primary, more than three times the minimum required. The Cuomo campaign hasn’t said yet if it will challenge the validity of the signatures.

If there is a primary, Cuomo could bring in new contributions. Deep-pocketed individual donors could give him up to $19,700 for that Sept. 9 race. If not, they would be limited to contributing $41,500 for the general election on Nov. 4.

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