Hochul Picks Up Endorsements. She has already received backing from key New Yorkers. Jay Jacobs, State Democratic Chairman, has come out for her. He was a long time Cuomo ally. She has also been endorsed by NAACP President Hazel Dukes. These expressions of support are major advancements to her re-election campaign. Hochul faces a challenging bid given her prior lack of name recognition downstate. Her previous power base was in her native Western New York. She currently is the only declared candidate for Governor. Letitia James and Jummane Williams are testing the waters for a possible run. Hochul beats them in early polls. She is making the right moves as she establishes herself as a credible candidate. Hochul Picks Up Endorsements. She is clearly the frontrunner at this point !!