From the Morning Memo:

– Gov. Andrew Cuomo

It may not have been the landslide he was hoping for, but Gov. Andrew Cuomo enjoyed a relatively early night.

As expected, Cuomo was re-elected to a second term, along side his fellow statewide Democrats, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Comptroller Tom DiNapoli.

Cuomo received about 54 percent of the vote compared to Republican Rob Astorino’s 40 percent — a somewhat better showing than what was expected for the Westchester County executive.

Still, Cuomo won.

He won despite discontent from liberals, angered over his economic policies they say favor the rich at the expense of the poor.

He won despite alienating the labor-backed Working Families Party with his newly formed Women’s Equality Party, seen as a rival to preserving the WFP’s ballot space.

He won despite having a cool relationship with powerful public employee and teachers unions, which chose to not endorse him or, in some cases, back his primary challenger.

He won despite a Republican wave in state Senate, in Congressional districts in the suburbs and upstate as well as across the country.

He won despite upstate anger over his gun control law that has become a rallying cry for Second Amendment advocates.

He won despite a reputation for being something of a bully with everyone he comes into contact with, for using an anti-corruption commission to exact leverage over the state Legislature and a federal investigation over that involvement.

So, how did he do it?

Cuomo was able to effectively use the resources of the governor’s office that are at his disposal — being able to command an outsized amount of attention through travel, state largesse — and combine it with an effective campaign finance operation.

The result was a steady stream of paid and earned media that simply swamped the underfunded Astorino both over the airwaves, at the mailbox, and finally, at the ballot box.

For Cuomo, the victory tonight amid the shambles of the Democratic Party will likely be turned into validation of his governing philosophy: Left on social issues, a moderate-to-conservative approach on budgeting.

Cuomo believes most New Yorkers — at least 54 percent — are with him

With Republicans now fully in charge of the state Senate next year, Cuomo will be able to put that to the test yet again. Whether he can see his social measures approved — most notably a provision aimed at strengthening abortion rights — will be tested.

– Senate GOP

At the outset, things looked mighty bleak for Senate Republicans.

After all, Gov. Andrew Cuomo had finally come around to backing a full Democratic takeover of the state Senate.

Labor groups, which had traditionally hedged their bets in election cycles, appeared to be in full tilt favor of a full Democratic takeover.

But then things changed or, weirdly enough, stayed the same.

The rift between Senate Independent Democratic Conference Leader Jeff Klein and Democrats in the mainline conference never quite healed. As Klein relayed on Monday, mainline conference lawmakers continued to help primary challengers to the IDC, including Oliver Koppell, who unsuccessfully challenged Klein (The IDC also sent some money toward Betty Jean Grant, who was running a primary challenge against Sen. Tim Kennedy in Buffalo).

Republicans also recruited well, finding popular and well-known candidates to either hold or flip state Senate seats.

When Sen. George Maziarz announced he was running for re-election, Republicans turned to Rob Ortt, whose candidacy provided little drama. The same with Islip town Supervisor Tom Croci, who held the district vacated by now Rep.-elect Lee Zeldin.

Republicans also had some obvious pick up opportunities upstate, where Democratic freshman Ted O’Brien, Cecilia Tkaczyk and Terry Gipson all went down in defeat last night.

The Senate GOP caught some breaks, too.

David Denenberg, who at one point was touted as a possible pickup opportunity for Democrats in the seat vacated last year by Republican Chuck Fuschillo on Long Island, was accused of fraud in a civil lawsuit brought by his law firm.

The result is a majority without Klein’s IDC. The Senate remains the last vestige of Republican power in deep blue New York. They live to fight for another cycle.

– Landlords and charter schools

Republicans also learned from Democrats in 2012.

That year, Senate Democratic candidates benefitted from well-run and wellf-unded independent expenditure campaigns from public financing advocates and the United Federation of Teachers.

The teachers union and Friends of Democracy was still around this year, but Republican backers brought firepower to the legislative races as well.

Supporters of charter schools, as well as wealthy New York City landlords, poured millions of dollars into the legislative campaigns.

Groups with names like Jobs For New York (backed by the Real Estate Board of New York) and New Yorkers For a Balanced Albany (backed by Paul Singer and StudentsFirstNY) dropped mail, TV ads and radio spots on Senate districts — ushering in a new age in which the independent expenditure committee on the state level is increasingly becoming a important and viable player in legislative races.

The spending comes as lawmakers next year decide a litany of major issues ranging from New York City mayoral control of schools to rent control regulations, both of which are due to expire.

– Western New York

The rest of the state’s political class is starting to catch on to just how fun — and weird — western New York politics can be.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo recognized early on the importance of western New York, region of the state that doesn’t even really consider itself part of “upstate” New York necessarily.

Cuomo early on lavished attention on the area, seeking to invest state resources in private industry and becoming a backer of keeping the Buffalo Bills in western New York.

He picked former Rep. Kathy Hochul as his running mate in order to shore up ties there.

While Cuomo did not win all of the western New York counties he lost to Carl Paladino in 2010, he did pick up Erie County, winning 52 percent of the vote.

– Easy Being Green

The Green Party may have had the most successful night of all.

Gubernatorial candidate Howie Hawkins marshaled liberal angst over Cuomo to win 173,510 votes, good enough for 5 percent of the total — a record total for the party.

The count, once verified, means the Green Party will likely move up some slots on the ballot to Row D, displacing the Working Families Party.

Hawkins did it through an effective campaign operation. He even has a former WFPer, Ursula Rozum, running his campaign.

For a party that only four years ago had to struggle to gain ballot access for the next election cycle, the Green Party has achieved a new level of permanency in state politics.

– The Indictment Crowd

What federal corruption charges?

Rather than receiving their walking papers, three lawmakers under indictment won their re-elections.

Sens. John Sampson of Brooklyn and Tom Libous of Binghamton both won re-election despite their looming legal troubles.

On Staten Island, Rep. Michael Grimm easily defeating his opponent, Democrat Domenic Recchia.

The factors for why these three still have jobs are varied. And it should be noted that Sampson, Libous and Grimm all face vastly different legal cases being brought by the federal government.

But in the end, popularity and tenure trumped anything a federal prosecutor could charge these officials with, at least in the minds of voters.