Gov. Andrew Cuomo was re-elected to a second term Tuesday.
The Associated Press called the race for Cuomo, a Democrat first elected in 2010, shortly after polls closed at 9 p.m. He went into his re-election bid as a heavy favorite against Republican Rob Astorino, the Westchester County executive.
All statewide seats were on the ballot Tuesday, including for attorney general and comptroller. The 213-seat state Legislature also was up for election — including control of the closely divided Senate.
Cuomo had clear advantages against Astorino: His campaign spent more than $30 million in a state with twice as many Democrats as Republicans, and he had the power of incumbency to tout his achievements.
Speaking to reporters after he voted in his hometown of New Castle, N.Y., Cuomo said he took office with the state facing a $10 billion deficit and still reeling from the recession. He said the state now has budget surpluses, and employment has rebounded.
Source: USA Today | Joseph Spector, Gannett Albany (N.Y.) Bureau