New York's big Thursday gubernatorial primary pits Andrew Cuomo against Cynthia Nixon

NY Gov. Cuomo Defeats Progressive Challenger Cynthia Nixon in Primary

The former Sex and the City star became the talk of the Twittersphere yesterday, when a video emerged of her ordering a cinnamon raisin bagel with smoked salmon, red onions, capers, tomato and cream cheese at Zabar's - an order that offended bagel and lox purists.

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. Several big Democratic names passed on mounting a primary challenge to the governor before Nixon stepped in. The long-awaited Mario M. Cuomo Bridge, a vital means of transportation across the Hudson River, was closed due to safety concerns one day after Cuomo cut the ribbon for it in September.

Cuomo's ticket is also in danger of being thwarted by insurgent candidates. A Quinnipiac University poll similarly found Cuomo with a 36-point lead.

"We're seeing a groundswell of support for a different kind of politics in NY state right now". The New York Times reported that the Cuomo administration offered incentives for the contractor to finish the job before the primary, and Cuomo's insistence that the state does not control the Tappan Zee contrasts with his self-presentation as an effective and engaged manager.

Nixon has hammered Cuomo for failing to address New York City's beleaguered subways and for not following through on pledges to address corruption.

Yet despite enthusiasm for Nixon in some quarters and on social media, Cuomo has held substantial leads against Nixon in the polls.

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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.

Despite the attempts to to have the Post publish the accusation, which is central to the Democratic Party mailer that targeted 7,000 households, Cuomo has vehemently denied he knew about the mailer. His running mate, Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul, is facing a serious primary challenge from progressive New York City Councilman Jumaane Williams.

From left, Letitia James, Sean Patrick Maloney, Leecia Eve, and Zephyr Teachout at a debate on August 28 in Manhattan.

"Do gay people turn out to elect the first gay attorney general, or do African Americans turn out to elect the first African American woman attorney general, or do they turnout for Zephyr Teachout?"

Two Democrats who were not in the IDC, Simcha Felder and Martin Dilan, also are facing challengers. Meanwhile, corruption in Albany and voters' frustration with it have not subsided. The other candidates are Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney and former Cuomo official Leecia Eve. They are seeking the Democratic nomination to be New York's attorney general. Cuomo came into office eight years ago promising to reform the state government. Turnout is usually notoriously low but polling stations open at 6:00 am and close at 9:00 pm.

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