Cuomo's lieutenant governor, Kathy Hochul, could be vulnerable in primary

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Dave Evans has the story. (WABC)

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has little to worry about with the upcoming primary -- he is at least 30 points ahead of his nearest rival, has $35 million in the bank and got an enthusiastic show of support at the West Indian Day Parade Monday.

But his running mate Kathy Hochul could face some trouble. The New York Times last week called her record troubling on Obamacare, gun control and environmental laws. The paper backed her opponent, Tim Wu, a professor at Columbia Law School.

"She's barely a Democrat. I think she's in the wrong primary," said Tim Wu, a lieutenant governor candidate. "She's officially become a liability to the Cuomo campaign."

Cuomo pushed back Monday, predicting Hochul will win the Democratic primary.

"She represented some areas of upstate New York that have conservative areas -- more conservative than New York City, but she is a progressive, through and through, no doubt about it," he said.

Wu has raised almost no money, but he does have the Times' backing and Hochul's record may bother some Democrats.

"I would remind you, I'm running against Kathy Hochul, who -- whatever Governor Cuomo is -- she is not in line where most New Yorkers are."

Primary Election Day is a week from Tuesday. If Democrats go with Wu as lieutenant governor, some might see that as a rebuke to Cuomo and a sign that perhaps he is not as invincible as once thought.

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