Gov. Andrew Cuomo overcame a primary challenge from activist and actress Cynthia Nixon on Thursday, thwarting her attempt to become the latest insurgent liberal to knock off an establishment Democrat.
Cynthia is battling incumbent Andrew Cuomo in this week's Democratic Primary, but sounds like T.I. would love to see her go Green Party.
Michael Valdes told CBS2's Jenna DeAngelis he was voting for Nixon because he's backing her progressive values. This year he's spent millions on ads and, intentionally or not, moved to the left on issues such as legalizing marijuana, banning plastic bags, returning voting rights to former inmates and addressing conditions in New York City public housing.
Cuomo spoke to reporters after casting his own ballot in Westchester County on Thursday and said he's the best-qualified candidate not only to govern but also to push back against President Donald Trump.
The governor was mocked for saying America "was never that great" during remarks criticizing Trump's "Make America Great Again" slogan.
The race took on a sometimes bitter tone. Nixon called Cuomo a "bully" and a liar, while Cuomo's campaign has dismissed Nixon as "unhinged".
If voters think that Cuomo is going to win by a landslide, many of them might stay home, while inspiring a higher turnout among Nixon supporters rallied by a last-ditch effort to salvage her candidacy.
Nixon, who is gay and attends Congregation Beit Simchat Torah, an LGBT synagogue, announced her bid for the Democratic nomination for NY governor in March. Mr. Sheinkopf said. "It is too close to call". Several people who showed up to their normal polling places were not on the rolls when they arrived, and therefore had to vote by filling out an affidavit ballot. She denounced as a smear campaign a Democratic Party mailer that implied she was anti-Semitic, to which Cuomo pleaded ignorance.
And after Cuomo hosted an event alongside Hillary Clinton to mark the opening of a new bridge named for his father, the span was forced to stay closed due to structural dangers.
Nixon may still appear on the general election ballot, as the nominee of the liberal Working Families party, unless a maneuver is made to remove her from the ballot.
And then there were Cuomo's self-inflicted wounds in the waning days of the campaign.