Cuomo skates past Nixon to win New York primary

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) swatted aside a challenge from actor and progressive activist Cynthia Nixon on Thursday after a heated campaign in which Cuomo overcame his own stumbles in the face of liberal pressure.
Cuomo won the race with 65.4 percent of the vote, The Associated Press projected after 81 percent of precincts had reported. Nixon, who became famous after starring in “Sex and the City,” got 34.6 percent of the vote.
Public polls showed Cuomo with a consistent lead in the race. His lead in those surveys ranged from 22 points in a Quinnipiac poll in May, to 41 points in a Siena College survey conducted last week.
But Cuomo ran as if he faced a dogfight, running virtually non-stop television advertisements, soliciting endorsements from former Vice President Joe Biden and Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairman Tom Perez and attacking his opponent in mail pieces.
One of the mailers sent by the New York State Democratic Party controlled by Cuomo sparked controversy after falsely accusing Nixon of anti-Semitism.
Cuomo disavowed that mail piece sent last week to Jewish voters around New York City. The mail piece was drafted by a former special assistant to Cuomo and approved by his former secretary, according to The New York Times.
Cuomo’s reelection bid overcame several other unforced errors, too.
He told Democratic activists last month that America “was never that great,” earning him universal ire — and a Twitter fight with President Trump — before he clarified his remarks.
And the day after he appeared at a ceremonial opening of a new bridge named after his father, the late former Gov. Mario Cuomo (D), structural engineers said the bridge would not open on time because of dangers posed by the old and neighboring Tappan Zee Bridge.
His second term in office has been marked by nasty fights with state legislators, and with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, a fellow Democrat with whom he has feuded for years. De Blasio declined to endorse either Cuomo or Nixon in the primary.
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