Analyzing the Teachout vote
Teachout carried the whole of the Hudson river valley. This was the anti-facking vote. Clearly that issue resonated. Howie Hawkins needs to take note.
Teachout's vote in NY City was in the wealthy districts. She lost the poor and working class. This does not surprise me. I have done GOTV work all my life and know that bascially working class and poor do not vote. When they do vote it is by brand recognition, personal associations, and tribal loyalties. With most of the union endorsement going Cuomo's way, there was very little chance of winning that vote.
So what does Teachout do now? If she endorses Hawkins she is finished in the Democratic party, she can never come back. While I think that Hawkins can win, I thought that Teachout had a chance of winning, so we can all see what my opinion is worth.
On the other hand, if she wants to build a movement, she could do worse than endorse Hawkins and place her obviously formidable organizing capabilities behind him. Hawkins is the only left of center candidate opposing Cuomo. If you want to stop fracking, protect public education, and so on, Hawkins is the only name of the ballot behind those issues.
And how will Greens welcome Teachout supporters? There are important cultural differences between liberal Democrats and Greens. Will the Greens be willing to learn from the Democrats grassroots techniques? And will the Democrats be willing to learn from the Greens? Mixing the two is not as easy as it sounds. So Hawkins has his work cut out for him.