Harold Ford could have beat Gillibrand but then he would have lost to Mort Zuckerman:
He has told friends that, while he is convinced he could prevail against Ms. Gillibrand, he feared the winner of the primary would have little money and remain highly vulnerable to a well-financed Republican challenger at a time when the Democratic party controls the Senate by a slim majority.
I assume he’s referring to Mort Zuckerman. There’s nothing upstate New Yorkers like more than billionaire media moguls from Manhattan. And Mike Bloomberg could tell you how popular billionaires are in the city right now too.
I’m probably being charitable to Ford here. He could be referring to Dan Senor.