Andrew Cuomo Defeats Cynthia Nixon in New York Gubernatorial Primary

Carla Harmon
September 14, 2018

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has defeated Democratic primary challenger Cynthia Nixon to win his party's nomination for a third term. The unconventional medley ignited a firestorm on Twitter over the weekend, but Nixon has bigger fish to fry.

Surveys show Cuomo is far ahead, but Nixon says the polls shouldn't be trusted. But Nixon pointed to a slew of recent upsets ー Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Andrew Gillum, and Ayanna Pressley ー that have fueled her optimism for Thursday's primary.

The nominating contest was the latest test for candidates from the party's energized left wing as Democrats seek to regain control of the U.S. Congress and bolster their ranks in state governments across the country in November 6 elections.

"There are certainly ways we've been able to move the governor to the left, on criminal justice issues, on environmental issues, on political issues".

Underwood says she hopes it's clear the office "is the sum of all its staff". During their only debate, Nixon didn't pull punches in calling Cuomo a "liar" and "corrupt". "A lot of people would be surprised if she did pull it off", he told AFP.

NY current labor laws make it illegal for public union employees to go on strike, resulting in fines and penalties.

The charge is a familiar one among NY progressives, who fault Cuomo for the state's failure to pass its own DREAM Act, legislation to protect abortion rights and serious campaign finance revisions.

Best known for her stint as Miranda on HBO's "Sex and the City", the Emmy-winning Nixon has always been politically active, particularly in matters of LGBTQ rights; Nixon identifies as bisexual and is married to a woman.

Nixon has hit Cuomo hard on the subway, attacking him for his deals with Republicans and for taking donations from Trump in the past, claiming that she represents a grass-roots call for change.

"There is a divisiveness that is coming out of Washington that I think is cancerous to our nation", Cuomo said. Guess Tip isn't binge-watching "Sex and the City". Though she's always been an activist for her favored causes of education and same-sex marriage, running for office is new to her.

"It is apples and oranges, and to disclose an off the record exchange that had been agreed to by the New York Post is a violation of journalistic ethics", Collins added.

Cuomo agreed that a single-payer system works "in theory" and is the right idea "long term", but coming up with the money to fund that transition-$200 billion-would eclipse the current state budget-$170 billion.

Approved and paid for by the New York State Democratic Committee, the mailer accused Nixon of remaining "silent on the rise of anti-Semitism", and supporting BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions), a worldwide movement to boycott Israeli goods and cultural exports. But there's no denying the country's progressive wave.

But that does not mean that a 41-point lead is enough to give Cuomo the victory that he wants.

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