From the Morning Memo:

It’s hard for an incumbent who spent nearly $2 million on a primary election to bill herself as an underdog, but that’s exactly how LG Kathy Hochul says she felt going into yesterday’s primary election.

Hochul was able to defeat Brooklyn Councilman Jumaane Williams in large part thanks to a strong showing upstate, but she says she did better than people expected in the five boroughs of NYC. The LG says those votes were the result of lots of hard work and inroads she made downstate, despite coming from Western New York.

Hochul made clear that while she spent a lot of focus and time on NYC during the primary campaign, she’s now interested in unification.

“It’s a reminder that yes, while I have values that were steeled in me growing up here in Western New York, my values are the same as those in other parts of the state and that’s something we all need to remember,” the LG said.

“And stop this whole upstate-downstate divide, because we are stronger together, and that’s how I want to finish. I want to head into the November election united as a Democratic Party.”

That might be easier said than done given the dissatisfaction that was on display this primary season among members of the Democratic Party’s liberal wing, who supported actress-turned-activist Cynthia Nixon’s unsuccessful challenge to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, and who backed insurgent challengers against former IDC members – six of eight of whom were defeated last night – despite a so-called “peace” agreement between the IDC and “regular” Democratic conference that was brokered by Cuomo.

Hochul did spend Election Day in Erie County, away from her running mate Cuomo, who preferred to spend election night holed up in the executive mansion in Albany and made no public appearances – despite his big win.

The lieutenant governor told reporters not to read anything into the fact that she and the governor, who made it clear early on in the campaign that he would have preferred to replace Hochul with someone else on the ticket, were separated by several hundred miles last night.

“We’ve always done this,” she said. “We don’t need to be standing next to each other. He was working on New York City. I brought in upstate. We did it together, and we’re together for the next four years.”

Despite the downstate focus, Hochul spent way more time in Erie County than Cuomo, who, outside of an eleventh-hour GOTV event, basically ignored the region entirely. Hochul was asked if she expected the governor to visit more during the rest of the campaign. (Recall that Cuomo lost pretty much all of upstate in the 2014 election, and still managed to decisively defeat his GOP challenger, then-Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino).

“We always divide it up,” she replied. “I’m sure he’ll be here many more times before the general election, no doubt in my mind, but I love coming back here. I’d love to spend more time here myself.”

Hochul also said her choice to stay in Erie County yesterday was validated by the strong turnout she witnessed on her behalf there.