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If comedian-activist Randy Credico goes through with his threat to challenge Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo in a Democrat primary, Cuomo will benefit handsomely.

Why? Because of the state’s campaign-finance laws.

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State law limits an individual to contributing no more than $41,100 to a gubernatorial candidate in a general election. But donors can add $19,700 if the candidate has to compete in an intraparty primary.

So if Cuomo has to run in a primary, well-heeled donors can give him $60,800 – 48 percent more than otherwise. And if there is no primary, Cuomo likely would have to return some contributions made already.