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2018 Primary Recap: Governor Cuomo Defeats Cynthia Nixon, Former Senate Independent Democratic Conference Members Fall to Progressive Challengers

Governor Andrew Cuomo soundly defeated challenger Cynthia Nixon with 65% of the vote in the September 13th Gubernatorial Democratic Primary. Governor Cuomo’s decisive victory came despite recent negative media attention surrounding several trials involving former staff and close associates, a campaign mailer targeting Nixon, and criticism over what appeared to be a rush to open the new Tappan Zee Bridge, named after the Governor’s now deceased father.
In her concession speech, Nixon called her campaign a “movement” and discussed how her platform pushed Governor Cuomo to embrace more progressive policies, citing his recent consideration of legalizing recreational marijuana. Nixon could remain on the Ballot in November since she has the backing of the Working Families Party.
Governor Cuomo, seeking his third term in office, will face Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro-R in the November General Election. Molinaro was uncontested in the Republican Primary.