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Teachout was the director of Internet organizing for Howard Dean�s presidential campaign in 2004. Photo by Patrick Verel (Fordham.edu)

Cuomo Challenger Steps Forward

A progressive activist and Fordham University law professor says she plans to force Gov. Andrew Cuomo into a primary.

Zephyr Teachout says she plans to announce her campaign Monday in Albany to unseat the incumbent Democrat. Her name surfaced as a possible candidate for the Working Families Party before the group officially backed Cuomo for re-election.

Progressives have been critical of Cuomo's tax policies and support for charter schools.

Polls have shown Cuomo with a sizeable lead over Republican opponent Rob Astorino, but that with a liberal challenger, that lead is significantly reduced.

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