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Howie Hawkins, Green Party candidate for NY governor. Photo: <a href="https://www.facebook.com/HawkinsforNYGovernor">Howie Hawkins for Governor</a> on Facebook
Howie Hawkins, Green Party candidate for NY governor. Photo: Howie Hawkins for Governor on Facebook

Greens' Hawkins sees an opening in the race for governor

Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins says a third party candidate has a chance to win the governorship.

The left-leaning Working Families Party has endorsed Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo in his bid for reelection. But some members of the party weren't happy with the choice.

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Ryan Delaney
Reporter, The Innovation Trail

Hawkins, a progressive, sees that as an opportunity, "I think, after this Working Families Party endorsement of Andrew Cuomo, it really opens up the possibility, it's a long shot, but actually we could win this election."

He says with its endorsement of Cuomo, Working Families lost credibility. But he'd still be open to the party's support. Hawkins cites polls saying a union-backed third party candidate could earn more than 20 percent of the vote, "I'm a working Teamster with a name. I think those 24 percent of folks are looking for my candidacy."

The Syracuse native works for UPS. He ran for governor four years ago and earned enough votes to automatically qualify for the ballot in November.

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