Cuomo Defeats Nixon, Hochul Wins Lt. Gov. Primary

Cuomo Defeats Nixon, Hochul Wins Lt. Gov. Primary

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has defeated Democratic primary challenger Cynthia Nixon to win his party's nomination for a third term.

Cuomo had far greater financial resources going into the match-up, and polls suggested he held a commanding lead before Thursday's primary.

Nixon, an activist and former "Sex and the City" star, had hoped to become the latest liberal challenger to unseat a powerful insider.

Cuomo's campaign dismissed her as inexperienced and touted the governor's work to push back against President Donald Trump.

His victory comes despite several missteps, including a widely condemned mailer that questioned Nixon's support for Jewish people. Nixon has two Jewish children and called the attack "sleazy."

Nixon said she called Cuomo to congratulate him on his victory. She thanked her supporters Thursday at a primary night party in Brooklyn. 

She said the "blue wave is real" and is coming for Republicans and "Democrats who act like them." Nixon said her campaign reflects an insurgent movement of liberals challenging establishment incumbents.

She noted that while many people dismissed her challenge, Cuomo took her seriously, as evidenced by the millions he spent on his campaign.

"We took on one of the most powerful governors in America and it wasn't easy," Nixon said. "We had to fight just to get on the ballot, we had to fight just to get a debate -- and we started with nothing and we earned every single vote."

Nixon also said she and her supporters helped push Cuomo to the left on several issues, such as the legalization of marijuana. She also claimed credit for putting pressure on Cuomo to address New York City's beleaguered subways.

Cuomo will face Republican Marc Molinaro and independent Stephanie Miner in November's general election.

Meanwhile, incumbent Kathy Hochul has defeated Jumaane Williams in the New York Democratic primary for lieutenant governor.

Hochul, a former congresswoman from Buffalo, now moves on to the November general election as the running mate of Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo, who first picked her to run beside him in the 2014 election.

Polls gave her a big advantage going into Thursday's primary.

Hochul spent much of the campaign touting the Cuomo administration's achievements while Williams, a New York City councilman, promised to serve as a check on Cuomo if elected.

Under New York law, candidates for lieutenant governor and governor run separately during the primary but as a single ticket in the general election.

Julie Killian is the Republican nominee for lieutenant governor and will run alongside Republican gubernatorial candidate Marc Molinaro.

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