Letitia James finds herself in unexpected battle for state attorney general

It wasn’t supposed to be this close.

Public Advocate Letitia James became the city’s first African American woman elected to citywide office and then set her sights higher — to become the state’s first African American attorney general.

She scored the backing of Gov. Cuomo and his powerful Democratic machine. She lined up endorsements across the state.

But now she finds herself in the battle of her political life: a three-way dog fight against activist and law professor Zephyr Teachout and Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney.

“She always sold herself as an outsider and a friend of the Working Families Party,” said Doug Muzzio, a professor of political science at CUNY’s Baruch College. “She threw that all overboard to get Cuomo behind her and the political establishment…

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