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Cuomo defeats Nixon in Democratic gubernatorial primary

September 14, 2018 06:12 AM

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has defeated Democratic primary challenger activist and actress Cynthia Nixon to win his party's nomination for a third term. The New York State Board of Elections reports the results were Gov. Cuomo, 64.5% (975,664), to Nixon, 33.8% (511,661) with 99.5% of precincts reporting. 

Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul also defeated her challenger Jumaane Williams. 

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Karen Tararache was at the Cuomo headquarters in New York City. In the months leading up to primary night, those who supported activist and actress Cynthia Nixon believed that the polls and research could be wrong; that there could be a progressive movement, a wave of newcomers. But that did not prove to be the case. The Associated Press called the race for Gov. Cuomo a little before 9:30 p.m. 

At campaign headquarters, the governor's supporters began to chant, "Four more years." His campaign has not been without criticism: when he said that America was never that great at an August rally; his push to open the Mario M. Cuomo Bridge before some believed that it was safe enough to do so; corruption convictions of some of his former staffers and allies; and claims that the governor knew of an anti-Semitic mailer against Ms. Nixon. Through it all, his supporters stuck with him and believe Gov. Cuomo will continue to lead the state forward.  

Gov. Cuomo has a war chest of millions. He will go onto face Republican Marc Molinaro, Independent Stephanie Miner, Libertarian Larry Sharpe, and the Green Party's Howie Hawkins.

Gov. Cuomo did not make an appearance at campaign headquarters in Midtown Manhattan. News Channel 13 is told by members of his staff that he spent the evening in Albany celebrating with his family. 

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