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Cuomo re-elected after only winning 15 counties

November 07, 2018 05:51 PM

History has repeated itself in the race for governor. Just like in 2014, Gov. Cuomo sailed to victory.

Howevefr, you wouldn't know it when looking at how many red and blue counties there were. Cuomo won just 15 of the state's 62 counties. Republican Marc Molinaro won 47. Most of Cuomo's big numbers coming from downstate.

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It shows a pretty clear division – and we've heard from plenty of upstaters who feel like they just don't matter.

In his victory speech Tuesday night, Cuomo spoke directly to President Trump and talked about the importance of unity.

"Mr. President, division only diminishes. We are better than that," he told his supporters. "We are not a nation of red and blue states. We are red white and blue states. That's America."

Maybe so. But as of Tuesday night, that's New York -- and largely unchanged in the last four years.

Cuomo did win Ulster County, getting about 5,500 more votes than Molinaro, but in Columbia County, Molinaro won 13,000 to 11,000 for Cuomo. In Warren County, Molinari wins by nearly 5,000 votes. In Fulton and Montgomery counties, Cuomo is blown out, losing to Molinaro by about 13,000 votes.

I sent an invitation to the governor's press office Wednesday for him come to our studios and talk with us about how he'll address the upstate-downstate issue, explain his refusal to debate upstate -- before the primary and again before the election -- and how he'll work to show upstaters he is their governor as well. We'll let you know how they respond.

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Jerry Gretzinger

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