After losing to Governor Cuomo in Tuesday night's Democratic primary, Zephyr Teachout couldn't call the governor to concede because he didn't give her his phone number. That tells you pretty much everything you need to know about how this election went down and how, despite winning with 62.1 percent of the vote, Cuomo came out of the race looking less than victorious.
The narrative in the wake of the election has been that Teachout put up more of a fight that expected. Though the Fordham professor lost every county in New York City, she won several upstate counties, including Albany, where the state's capital is located. And that was on a microscopic budget — by one estimate Teachout spent $2.70 for every vote she got. Cuomo spent $48.
Roger Christenfeld, the Poughkeepsie Democrats's chairman, told The Wall Street Journal that Teachout might have won with more money. “She hasn’t really lost tonight because it is a very credible vote for someone with essentially no money who no one has heard of before," he said. "I asked a Democratic candidate for mayor what he thought of Zephyr Teachout, and he said, ‘What’s that?’”