New York Gubernatorial election, 2014

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New York Gubernatorial Election

Primary Date
September 9, 2014

General Election Date:
November 4, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Andrew Cuomo Democratic Party
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Battleground Races
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The New York Gubernatorial election will take place on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Andrew Cuomo (D) is eligible for re-election, as New York has no gubernatorial term limits. The winner of the election will serve a 4-year term in office.

New York is one of 12 states to use a strictly closed primary process, in which the selection of a party's candidates in an election is limited to registered party members.[1][2][3]

The gubernatorial race is not the only race on the November ballot that could shift the balance of power in New York. The New York State Senate has been identified by Ballotpedia as one of the top 20 legislative chambers to watch in 2014. Learn more about the chamber's most competitive races on the battleground chambers page.


Primary election

Democratic primary

Democratic Party Andrew Cuomo (also running on the Working Families Party, the Women's Equality Party and the Independence Party of America Independence Party lines) - Incumbent[4]
Democratic Party Zephyr Teachout - Fordham University Law professor[5]
Democratic Party Randy Credico[6]

General election

Republican Party Rob Astorino (also running on the Conservative Party Conservative Party and "Stop Common Core" lines) - Westchester County Executive[7][4]
Green Party Howie Hawkins - activist and teamster[8]
Libertarian Party Michael McDermott (nominated at party convention) - real estate developer[9]
Independent Rent is 2 Damn High candidate Jimmy McMillan[6]
Independent Sapient Party candidate Steven Cohn[6]
Independent Life and Justice Party candidate Michael J. Carey[6]

Lost at convention

Libertarian Party Nathan LeBron[10][11]
Libertarian Party Richard Cooper - manufacturing executive and Libertarian activist[12][11]
Libertarian Party Chris Edes - Libertarian activist (nominated for lieutenant governor instead)[13][11]

Did not qualify

Democratic Party Racquel McPherson
Democratic Party Sam Sloan

Did not file by deadline

Republican Party Steven McLaughlin - State Assemblyman[14]
Republican Party Carl Paladino - 2010 Republican candidate for governor[15]
Independent John Studer - Socialist Workers Party candidate[16]

Race background

Union endorsements in Democratic primary

Public-employee unions in New York made a statement prior to the September 9 primary by steering clear of Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D). The Public Employees Federation (PEF), the second-largest union for public employees in New York, endorsed primary challenger Zephyr Teachout and her running mate, Tim Wu, prior to the primary. [17] The New York State AFL-CIO and New York State United Teachers withheld their endorsements for the 2014 primary.[18] Cuomo received the endorsement of PEF and the AFL-CIO for his 2010 campaign. The governor responded to the endorsement news by stating that he had "legitimate differences" with public-employee unions over tough negotiations in the past four years.[17]

Efforts to create additional ballot lines

Cuomo and Rob Astorino (R) spent time this summer seeking petitions for additional ballot lines in the November 4 general election. Astorino joined with three other Republican candidates for statewide office to create a Stop Common Core ballot line for the general election. Supporters of Stop Common Core, who oppose implementation of Common Core education standards in New York, filed 62,000 signatures with the New York Board of Elections, far surpassing the threshold of 15,000 signatures after only two months of work. State law requires a minimum of 15,000 valid signatures, with at least 100 signatures from a majority of the state's 27 congressional districts. The addition of the Stop Common Core line allows Astorino and fellow statewide candidates to run as Republican Party, Conservative Party and Stop Common Core candidates.[19]

Lieutenant gubernatorial candidate Kathy Hochul (D) and supporters of Gov. Cuomo gathered signatures for a Women's Equality Party line, thereby increasing the Democratic ticket's haul of ballot lines to four. The party's state executive candidates are already running on the Democratic Party, Working Families Party and Independence Party lines. The deadline for delivering at least 15,000 signatures from New York voters was August 19, and both efforts were successful.[19]

Residency challenge by Governor Cuomo

The New York Supreme Court began hearings on August 7, 2014 to determine if primary challenger Zephyr Teachout met the five-year residency requirement for ballot placement. A challenge was brought by Gov. Andrew Cuomo(D), who is seeking re-election in November. Martin E. Connor, representing Cuomo's campaign, claimed that Teachout had not spent the last previous years living continuously in New York. Teachout owns a cabin in Vermont, where she spent time in previous summers. Connor also noted that Teachout did not have a state driver's license or change her address to a New York residence until recently.[20]

Teachout supplied evidence to the court in support of her residency, including an account of her move from Vermont to North Carolina to New York in June 2009. She also provided her 2009 tax return with New York address, a Fordham Law School directory and bank statements documenting purchases at New York businesses. Teachout believed that Cuomo's efforts were intended to avoid embarrassment from losing votes to a more liberal candidate.[20] On August 11, Edgar G. Walker ruled against Cuomo's residency challenge, keeping Teachout on the primary ballot. Cuomo appealed Walker's decision to a state Supreme Court panel, which upheld the decision to keep Teachout on the ballot on August 20, 2014.[21][22]


Potential general election match-ups
New York Governor's Race 2014 - Cuomo vs. Astorino
Poll Andrew Cuomo Rob AstorinoOtherMargin of ErrorSample Size
Quinnipiac University Poll
November 20-24, 2013
Sienna College Poll Trends
January 12-16, 2014
Quinnipiac University Poll
February 6-10, 2014
Marist Poll
February 28 - March 3, 2014
Siena College Poll
March 16-20, 2014
Siena College Poll
April 12-17, 2014
Quinnipiac University Poll
May 14-19, 2014
Siena College Poll
June 8-12, 2014
Siena College Poll
July 13-16, 2014
Wall Street Journal/NBC 4 New York/Marist
July 28-31, 2014
AVERAGES 59.3% 24.2% 16.6% +/-3.21 982.2
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to
Other match-ups
New York Governor's Race 2014 - Cuomo vs. Paladino
Poll Andrew Cuomo Carl PaladinoOtherMargin of ErrorSample Size
Marist Poll
February 28 - March 3, 2014
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to

Key deadlines

Deadline Event
July 10, 2014 Filing deadline for state offices
September 9, 2014 Primary election
November 4, 2014 General election

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  1. National Conference of State Legislatures Website, "State Primary Election Types," accessed January 6, 2014
  2. Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 6, 2014
  3. Ballotpedia research conducted December 26, 2013 through January 3, 2014 researching and analyzing various state websites and codes.
  4. 4.0 4.1 New York State Board of Elections, "Candidate Petition List," accessed July 10, 2014
  5. New York Daily News, "Zephyr Teachout confirms plans for a Democratic primary against Gov. Cuomo," June 13, 2014
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 New York State Board of Elections, "Candidate Petition List," accessed July 15, 2014
  7. New York Daily News, "Rob Astorino's Potential Governor Run Gets Encouragement, No Promises, From Chris Christie (UPDATED)," November 25, 2013
  8., "Hawkins steps up to take on Cuomo, Governor 1%," January 16, 2014
  9. Michael McDermott New York Governor 2014, "About," accessed April 21, 2014
  10. News10, "Nathan LeBron seeks Libertarian endorsement for NY Governor run," February 27, 2014
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 The Libertarian Perty of Suffolk County, NY, "Michael McDermott to Lead Libertarian Team in Drive for Governor’s Race," April 27, 2014
  12. Richard Cooper for NY Governor, "About Richard," March 13, 2014
  13. Chris Edes for Governor, "About Chris," March 13, 2014
  14. New York Post, "Pol running for gov," June 17, 2013
  15. Huffington Post, "Carl Paladino Says He May Run For New York Governor As Conservative Party Candidate," August 26, 2013
  16. The Militant, "Socialist Workers candidates raise fighting demands for working class," May 12, 2014
  17. 17.0 17.1 readMedia, "PEF endorses an array of labor-friendly candidates for 2014 elections," August 20, 2014
  18. New York Daily News, "New York State AFL-CIO holding off on Cuomo endorsement: Updated," August 18, 2014
  19. 19.0 19.1 Poughkeepsie Journal, "Astorino, GOP submit Stop Common Core ballot petitions," August 12, 2014
  20. 20.0 20.1 The New York Times, "Cuomo Contests New York Residency of Teachout Before Primary," August 6, 2014
  21. Governing, "New York Governor Loses Bid to Keep Opponent Off Ballot," August 12, 2014
  22. New York Daily News, "Zephyr Teachout cleared by state Supreme Court to run against Andrew Cuomo in Democratic primary," August 20, 2014