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Teachout Clears Second Hurdle to Appear on Primary Ballot

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A Fordham Law School professor on Wednesday won the second round of her court battle with Governor Andrew Cuomo, who was trying to have her thrown off the primary ballot.

The State Appellate Court rejected the Cuomo campaign's argument that Zephyr Teachout did not live in New York for five years, as is required to run for governor.

A spokesman for the governor's campaign declined to comment, but did say that the campaign would not appeal the decision.

It did not take long for the judges to reach their decision. Both sides were in court on Tuesday to argue the case.

The ruling is a big victory for Teachout, who is going up against a relatively popular incumbent governor.

Cuomo also has a huge money advantage over Teachout. Earlier this summer, he had $35 million in campaign contributions at his disposal.

In a statement, Teachout said, "Today's unanimous decision by the appellate court comes as no surprise. With this frivolous lawsuit behind us, I'm hopeful the Governor will now agree to debate. We have very different visions for where we want to take the state. I want a New York with a small business economy and democracy that works for all us. Democratic Primary voters deserve a choice."

In addition, the governor now needs to decide whether he will also face her in a debate on NY1 before Primary Day.

NY1 invited Cuomo to debate Teachout in our studios on September 2. The station also invited Cuomo's running mate, Kathy Hochul, to debate Teachout's running mate, Tim Wu, on September 3.

Teachout and Wu responded immediately, saying they would participate.

"I think these kinds of wide open debates where we ask each other questions really serve the people of the state of New York. So if he refuses to debate, that isn't about disrespecting me. It's about really disrespecting voters and New Yorkers because these are hard issues," Teachout said.

A spokesman for the Cuomo campaign simply thanked NY1 for the invitation.

The candidates were all asked to respond to the invitation to appear on NY1's air by next Thursday.

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