24 June 2016 10:55AM
WIll Yandik and Zephyr Teachout are facing off in the Democratic Congressional Primary June 28th. Columbia County voters are in a position to heavily influence the outcome of the race.
Although Columbia County supported Teachout over Cuomo in the 2014 gubernatorial primary by 77%, she has run into a brick wall in seeking county voters’ support in the Congressional race. Although overall Teachout has raised twice as much money as Yandik, locally Yandik is beating her 15 to 1 in fundraising.
As a result of the national prominence Teachout achieved by embarrassing Governor Cuomo in the gubernatorial primary, she has raised twice as much money nationally as Yandik according to the most recent Federal Election Commission filings. Her money is coming from outside the district. For example, she has 34 donations from California averaging over $700. Yandik has one from California for $250. Locally it’s a very different story. Supporters in Ancram, Copake, Germantown and Hillsdale have made 49 donations to Yandik averaging $794. Teachout has 3 donations averaging $1083. And in Hudson there is a tsunami of support for Yandik. But local is local. In Otsego County …where is that you say? They say the same thing about Columbia County. There her overall financial advantage and prominence will count for more.
Yandik can win if he gets a massive turnout of Columbia County Democrats on primary day, Tuesday June 28th.