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Abortion battle, new lieutenant boost Hochul’s election bid after rough stretch

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ALBANY, N.Y. — Gov. Kathy Hochul was expecting to spend the last month taking a victory lap after completing her first budget deal and delivering billions of dollars for projects across New York.

Instead, the Democratic governor had her worst month in office since she succeeded scandal-scarred Andrew Cuomo last August.

She slogged through April cleaning up after her lieutenant governor’s federal bribery charges and resignation, deciphering court decisions regarding now-defunct congressional and state Senate district lines her fellow Democrats drew, and fending off criticism about millions of dollars of state funding she’s sending to keep the Buffalo Bills in New York. All of it led her poll numbers to sag.

But Hochul could be getting past the difficult stretch as a potential June 28 primary approaches.

Hochul this week announced a new lieutenant governor and running mate, Hudson Valley Rep. Antonio Delgado, just a day after she convinced the state Legislature to pass a new law allowing her former pick to remove himself from the ballot.

And she is diving into what may become a prominent national role in Democrats’ pushback to a draft Supreme Court decision striking down Roe v. Wade, rallying voters in New York and across the country who may now emerge in greater-than-expected numbers on Election Day.

“Abortion is on the ballot now,” Hochul told MSNBC’s Yasmin Vossoughian on Thursday. “People understand now: This is what happens when you don't elect Democrats. I believe this is going to energize the base. This is going to shift the dynamic. Republicans are now going to be running scared in states all across this nation.”

The issue gives her campaign a specific voice and energy, something even her supporters had privately complained........

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