One of the Green Party’s most active and visible campaigns in 2014 was Howie Hawkins’ Green campaign for Governor of New York (with anti-school-privatization activist Brian Jones as his Lt. Governor candidate). With the results nearly entirely in, he has received about five percent of the vote with almost 175,000 votes. This is nearly three times the number of votes Hawkins received when he ran for the same position in 2010, and it means that the Greens in New York will retain ballot access and also receive a more favorable ballot position (4th, behind only the Republicans, Democrats, and Conservatives) than they have previously held.
The Green Party’s support was stronger in some counties than others. In Onondoga County, where Hawkins lives and has almost been elected to Syracuse City Council, the ticket received over 8 percent. In New York City, they received between 1.9 (in Staten Island) and 7 percent (in Manhattan). In a handful of counties, they received above 10 and even 15 percent of the vote. In Tompkins County, Hawkins and Jones received 16.2 percent. More results are available at the New York Times website.
There had been a large debate in the left-leaning Working Families Party around endorsing the Democrat, incumbent (and now re-elected) Governor Andrew Cuomo, or not. In the end, despite much dissent and debate, the party voted to endorse him, and they received just over 100,000 votes on their ballot line (in New York, multiple parties can endorse a single candidate). Cuomo had agreed to several demands of the party in order to receive their endorsement, including campaigning for Democratic State Senate candidates in New York. He barely lived up to that promise, and even formed a “Women’s Equality Party” as a third ballot line for himself, in order to undermine the Working Families Party.
From the New York Post:
Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins grabbed just 5 percent of the vote — but that was more than any other minor party except for the Conservatives.
As a result, the Greens moved from the sixth spot on the ballot to fourth for the next four years.
That’s important because voters won’t have to search so hard to find their candidate, said political analyst Hank Sheinkopf…
Hawkins said Tuesday night that his party intends to press its agenda — including pressuring legislators to ban fracking.
“We will run more and more local candidates, building the party even stronger — from the grass roots up. And if Cuomo opens New York to hydrofracking — as we expect he will — we will demand that the Legislature ban fracking and run candidates against legislators who don’t vote for the ban,” Hawkins said.
And more on the Working Families Party from the New York Observer:
But the party fell well short of its minor party rivals. The Conservative Party drew 210,000 votes for Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino and will retain its current C slot on the ballot. The Green Party ran Mr. Hawkins and pulled almost 165,000 votes in his bid for governor–his party will replace the WFP on Row D and the Working Families Party, to their chagrin, will spend the next four years on Row E of the ballot…
Mr. Cuomo derided the WFP as a “fringe party” last week, comments he later walked back, and seemed to deliberately flout its union backers by promising to take a hard line against teachers and other public servants. Emails sent in support of the party in the final days before the election attacked the governor even as it encouraged people to vote for him on the WFP line.