Published: Thu, September 13, 2018
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Primary Day: Voters Head To Polls Across New York State

Primary Day: Voters Head To Polls Across New York State

While the contours of the Democratic race in NY look similar to those upsets, Nixon, best known for her Emmy-winning role on HBO's "Sex and the City", has steadily trailed Cuomo by 30 points or more in opinion polls.

The stakes are high for Mr. Cuomo even if he wins, according to Jeanne Zaino, professor of political science at Iona College in NY.

Nixon was joined by Councilman Jumaane Williams, who is running for lieutenant governor, in Queens.

NY gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon called on her primary opponent, sitting Gov. Andrew Cuomo, to apologize for a mailer paid for by the state Democratic Party headed by Cuomo which questioned her support for issues important to Jewish voters.

Cuomo campaign spokeswoman Lis Smith confirmed Lobl and Schwartz's involvement in the creation of the mailer, but said Schwartz only noticed the remarks about Cuomo's record on Jewish issues, not the false Nixon attacks on the other side.

The gubernatorial candidates weren't alone in last-minute barnstorming across the city.

Cuomo, 60, was born into politics as the son of Mario Cuomo, a longtime public figure who also served as NY governor.

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A Siena College poll released Monday shows Cuomo with a 41 percentage point lead over Nixon heading into Thursday's primary.

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.

Cuomo denied advance knowledge of the mailer.

Veteran political operative Bob Shrum remembers a time when the polls showed an incumbent well ahead before a NY primary, but the challenger's more enthusiastic support swayed the outcome. "But I love her and think if anyone is inclined voting Nixon is cool". "I don't want any more corruption", he said.

"I think there can be no more patriotic thing to do than to go out and be speaking to New Yorkers about a NY that works for all of us", Nixon said.

The victor of the Democratic primary will face Republican Keith Wofford in the attorney general's race in the heavily blue state. Bernie Sanders and the editorial board of the New York Times, which said she is well prepared to serve as a firewall against the Trump administration and keep tabs on "a state government in which ethics can seem a mere inconvenience". Leecia Eve, a former Cuomo aide, was in fourth. Mr. Sheinkopf said. "It is too close to call".

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