NY primary: governor Andrew Cuomo defeats Cynthia Nixon

14 September, 2018, 05:29 | Author: Rachel Mcdaniel
  • The 10th circle of hell

"If it was all about name recognition", he said earlier this year, "then I'm hoping Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie and Billy Joel don't get into the race". Cuomo came into office eight years ago promising to reform the state government. "Don't knock it until you've tried it", Nixon said with a smile as members of the news media asked her about her curious take on the New York City classic.

- Eric Phillips (@EricFPhillips) September 13, 2018If you're voting in Port Washington, beware.

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.

"I am the mother of Jewish children", Nixon, who is raising her children Jewish, said in a statement late on Sunday.

But primaries also present unique problems in polling compared to general elections because voting patterns are more erratic, according to political consultant Scott Levenson.

Nixon's alleged support of the BDS movement was one of three bullet points used in a pro-Cuomo mailer that was sent out less than a week before Thursday's Democratic primary.

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Should she pull off the impossible it will be a humiliating blow to a governor said to harbor presidential ambitions, and who served as a cabinet secretary under Bill Clinton at the tender age of 39. Cuomo's inability to win voters over on the issue - and only a slight 2-point lead on "advancing progressive issues" - are the only two areas where the poll shows Cuomo looking vulnerable. To that end, she has run aggressively on a campaign to fix the subway, pinning the decrepit state of the system on her opponent.

Outside Wadleigh High School in Harlem, four out of five voters who stopped to speak to AFP said they voted for Nixon. "She was a fine actor, but not a great gubernatorial candidate", he said.

Nixon, a longtime activist and a former star of "Sex and the City", has hammered Cuomo over New York City's beleaguered subways and failures to address income inequality and corruption.

"We've seen elections where not a lot of people are turning out, and that's just bad for Democracy", said Gov. Cuomo. "But for the most part the governor has done what he needs to do in this race".

Cuomo is the son of famed former NY governor and almost-presidential candidate Mario Cuomo. The question remains whether that wave will be enough to carry Nixon to victory. Turnout is usually notoriously low but polling stations open at 6:00 am (1000 GMT) and close at 9:00pm.

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