New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has defeated Democratic primary challenger Cynthia Nixon to win his party’s nomination for a third term.
Cuomo had far greater financial resources going into the matchup Thursday – and polls suggested he held a commanding lead.
Nixon, an activist and former ‘Sex and the City’ star, had hoped to become the latest liberal challenger to unseat a powerful insider.
Cuomo’s campaign dismissed her as inexperienced and touted the governor’s work to push back against President Donald Trump.
His victory comes despite several missteps – including a widely condemned mailer that questioned Nixon’s support for Jewish people. Nixon, however, has two Jewish children and called the attack ‘sleazy.’
Cuomo will now face Republican Marc Molinaro and independent Stephanie Miner in November’s general election.
Nixon took to Twitter Thursday evening to thank her followers for their support along the journey.
‘I want to thank all of the #TeamCynthia volunteers, supporters, and voters who dedicated their time to championing the progressive message of our campaign.
I’m so proud of all the work we’ve done to build a New York that works for all of us. #CynthiaForNY,’ Nixon wrote.
Cuomo was a no-show at his own election night victory party. He instead celebrated his win over Nixon at the governor’s mansion in Albany.
It’s a highly unusual move for a winning candidate, though Cuomo has kept up a busy schedule in the final days of the campaign with rallies across the state.
Nixon held her own election night event in Brooklyn.
During her concession speech, Nixon said she called New York Governor Cuomo to congratulate him on his victory in their hard-fought Democratic primary.
The longtime political activist thanked her supporters at the primary night party. She said the ‘blue wave is real’ and is coming for Republicans and ‘Democrats who act like them.’
Her campaign reflects an insurgent movement of liberals challenging establishment incumbents, she said.
She noted that while many people dismissed her challenge, Cuomo took her seriously, as evidenced by the millions he spent on his campaign.
Nixon also said she and her supporters helped push Cuomo to the left on several issues, such as the legalization of marijuana.
Furthermore, she claimed credit for putting pressure on Cuomo to address New York City’s beleaguered subways.
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Source: Daily Mail