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


"I just think she has the right vision and the right morals to lead NY in a direction that it has not been going in for the past years with Cuomo", said Ian Greer, a 22-year-old fashion designer.

The race got ugly in the final days, after the New York Democratic Party sent a mailer accusing Nixon of not standing up to anti-Semitism.

In a contentious debate last month, Cuomo told Nixon to stop interrupting him, to which she responded: "Can you stop lying?"

"He is going hard, but I think what that shows is that he is actually scared because he understands that we've got a real hunger for progressive change in NY state and he doesn't have a record to run on", Ms. Nixon said Wednesday on the "Breakfast Club" radio show. The Times, which endorsed Cuomo, called the mailer "a disgrace", and Randi Weingarten, a Cuomo supporter whose wife is the rabbi at a synagogue that Nixon attends, said the notion that Nixon is anti-Semitic is a "baseless lie", New York Magazine reported. To that end, she has run aggressively on a campaign to fix the subway, pinning the decrepit state of the system on her opponent. A former top aide was found guilty in March of felony corruption charges, including for soliciting more than $300,000 in bribes from a couple of companies doing state business.

"To break through, that requires a lot of money and organization", Michael Miller, professor of political science at Barnard College. Nixon has also said she is a member of the actors union.

A landslide victory for Carter in the IL primary that year made some voters think Kennedy's campaign was done, so they began to think of the NY primary as a referendum on the president, The Washington Post reported at the time.

NY has a notoriously opaque voting system.

Insurgent candidates can benefit from an incumbents lack of urgency.

On Wednesday night, the Working Families Party, a progressive political party in NY that switched its allegiance from Cuomo in 2016 to Nixon in 2018, sent out an overview of the race that highlighted the policy changes Cuomo has adopted thanks to Nixon's primary, rather than predicting she'll win.

Another closely watched race is the four-way Democratic contest for attorney general. The other candidates are Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney and former Cuomo official Leecia Eve.

"Do gay people turn out to elect the first gay attorney general, or do African Americans turn out to elect the first African American woman attorney general, or do they turnout for Zephyr Teachout?" "He's governed like a Republican".

The victor of the Democratic primary will face the Republican Marc Molinaro, the Dutchess county executive, in November.