Defying polls, Nixon looks to upset Cuomo in NY gov primary

13 September, 2018, 17:54 | Author: Dominic Spencer
  • Andrew Cuomo and Cynthia Nixon

Andrew Cuomo is facing an unexpectedly serious primary challenge from Cynthia Nixon, an activist and actress who, if elected, would become the first state executive to have won Emmy, Grammy and Tony Awards.

"I am the most aggressive governor in the United States of America in taking him on", he said in a campaign speech Monday in Syracuse that didn't include one mention of Nixon's name.

The race for attorney general also could leave Mr. Cuomo smarting. "This idea that he's going to win could be a factor in people saying, 'I don't need to go in on Thursday, '" political consultant Michael Dawidziak said in a telephone interview.

Cuomo has dramatically outspent Nixon, pouring at least $25 million into his campaign, and polls have shown him leading her by 30 to 40 points. She points to recent upset primary wins in New York, Florida and MA as proof that pundits can get it wrong, and that she has a shot at leading the nation's fourth-largest state.

"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. Please encourage your friends out here in the Empire State to vote this Thursday, 9/13!

The planned opening of the Governor Mario M. Cuomo bridge to replace the old Tappan Zee Bridge between Westchester and Rockland counties was supposed to bolster Cuomo's image as a can-do governor, but a last-minute delay changed that narrative.

A Siena College Poll released on September 10 gives Cuomo supporters plenty of reasons to stay home.


Ms. Teachout, who is campaigning while eight months pregnant and ran against Mr. Cuomo in the 2014 governor's primary, has scored endorsements from independent Vermont Sen.

"He has unleashed a cancer and it grows out of control", Cuomo said at the rally. Party Director Geoff Berman later said the mailer was a mistake, and Cuomo's spokeswoman acknowledged that a Cuomo campaign worker was behind the piece.

Cuomo "now seems poised to overwhelm Nixon", Greenberg said. Cuomo's inability to win voters over on the issue - and only a slight 2-point lead on "advancing progressive issues" - are the only two areas where the poll shows Cuomo looking vulnerable.

There is also a three-way contest for the 136 District Assembly seat.

Cuomo has denied knowing about the mailer. In the final debates, Maloney and Eve - who has struggled to break out of single digits - have attacked Teachout for only recently passing the NY bar and for not rejecting "corporate" money in her 2016 run.

Meanwhile, Democrats Thursday decide between four candidates for attorney general: Leecia Eve, New York City Public Advocate Tish James, Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney and Zephyr Teachout.

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