Published: Thu, September 13, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Antoinette Montgomery

Cuomo-Nixon showdown in NY governor's race goes to voters

Cuomo-Nixon showdown in NY governor's race goes to voters

In the race for governor, incumbent Andrew Cuomo faces actress and education advocate Cynthia Nixon in a primary.

She wants the two-term Cuomo, who has always been thought to have presidential ambitions, to re-establish his liberal bona fides for voters calling for change.

"That's my go-to. It's not uncooked oatmeal but it's pretty delicious and I say - don't yuck my yum".

Cuomo has a 41-point lead in the latest poll and a wide lead in fundraising, but, on closer inspection, Nixon could do better Thursday's vote than expected.

Nixon has campaigned hard to the left, hoping to ride the crest of other upset victories by political first-timers in Democratic Party primaries in congressional seats in places like NY and Boston.

"With anti-Semitism and bigotry on the rise, we can't take a chance with inexperienced Cynthia Nixon, who won't stand strong for our Jewish communities", the mailer sent Saturday to some 7,000 Jewish households, said.

While it certainly seems that Nixon has Cuomo rattled, it appears he has little to worry about in Thursday's vote. She questioned how Cuomo could not know about the mailer and called on him to apologize, urging him to record a robocall to go out to voters apologizing for "calling me an anti-Semite", the New York Times reported.

Should Cuomo win, he would be heavily favored against Republican Marc Molinaro, the Dutchess County executive, in the November general election.

"He has unleashed a cancer and it grows out of control", Cuomo said at the rally. "We have said all along that the mailer was inappropriate and a mistake and have worked with the state party to change the approval process going forward to ensure this never happens again".

Nixon shot back at Cuomo's assertions, saying his claim to not know about the mailer was "patently absurd".

Some primary voters might be inspired by the controversies to hit Cuomo with "a "rolled up newspaper across the nose" by voting for Nixon, according to political consultant Bill Cunningham, who worked in the past for Gov. Mario Cuomo". A Quinnipiac University poll similarly found Cuomo with a 36-point lead.

Cuomo's advocacy for same-sex marriage, gun control and other progressive causes might bolster him against Nixon.

The flier was then approved by Larry Schwartz, another campaign volunteer who was formerly Cuomo's top lieutenant.

Thursday's primary also features a four-way Democratic contest for attorney general, which is being closely watched because of the office's ability to investigate Trump and his business and charity dealings. But she's invited to my next bbq/family gathering and if she's running for anything...

Mr. Maloney is seeking to become the state's first gay attorney general, while Ms. James and Ms. Eve are running to become the first black woman elected to statewide office in NY.

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