Cuomo Defeats Nixon in New York’s Democratic Primary

Cuomo Defeats Nixon in New York’s Democratic Primary

Likely to work in Cuomo's favor is that NY allows only registered Democrats to vote in the primary.

He pointed, too, to his accomplishments including raising the minimum wage, passing gun control laws, and legalizing same sex marriage.

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"We don't just believe it - we live by it", he told a rally in Buffalo on Tuesday. A Siena College poll released last week showed Cuomo with a 41-point lead over Nixon, 63 percent to 22 percent.

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The race has turned increasingly bitter and expensive, as Cuomo has spent $18 million to Nixon's $1.6 million, according to state figures. Nixon tapped into a vein of progressivism that helped Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez win her primary against Rep. Joe Crowley in June. The New York Attorney General's office found in 2016 that the city's board of elections had illegally taken about 200,000 names in 2014 and 2015 from voter rolls. Four years ago he largely ignored primary challenger Zephyr Teachout, refusing even to shake her hand, and lost a third of the vote.

The race has featured bitter attacks.

Nixon, who has two children being raised in the Jewish faith, called the mailer "dirty, sleazy politics" and said Cuomo's explanation that he didn't know about the mailer isn't believable.

However, as outrage built over Cuomo's watery denial - his campaign pinned responsibility for the mailer on an anonymous "constituency outreach" volunteer - it emerged on Wednesday that the mailer was drafted by Cuomo's former special assistant David Lobl, now volunteering with his re-election campaign, and approved by Larry Schwartz, the governor's former secretary.

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His victory comes despite several missteps, including a widely condemned mailer that questioned Nixon's support for Jewish people.

The governor was mocked for saying America "was never that great" during remarks criticizing Trump's "Make America Great Again" slogan. Cuomo had been a bit press shy in recent days amid the controversy surrounding the false mailer accusing Nixon of ignoring anti-Semitism, which was sent by the state Democratic Party.

Cuomo vastly outspent Nixon, who in the final weeks of the race spent nearly nothing on voter contact, according to the New York Times' Shane Goldmacher.

Cuomo will face Republican Marc Molinaro in the general election, and other candidates running on minor party lines. However, he also added. he doesn't have a clue who she is.

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Other important races are on the ballot, including the candidates for NY attorney general.

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