New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo crushed former “Sex and the City” star Cynthia Nixon at the polls on Thursday, positioning himself for a third term in office.
Prior to being defeated, Nixon hoped to pull off an upset victory like fellow New York democratic socialist, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, but Cuomo managed to clinch his win with 400, 692 votes as Nixon trailed with only 204,496 votes, 66.4 percent to 33.6 percent, according to polling results by The New York Times at the time of reporting.
Cuomo will take on Republican opponent Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro, in the November gubernatorial race. Molinari, who is a former member of the New York State Assembly, ran uncontested in the primaries. Cuomo is expected to beat Molinaro by a 22.5 percent point spread, garnering 56.5 percent of the votes, with Molinaro trailing at 34 percent, according to a Real Clear Politics average poll from June 4 to July 16. (RELATED: Here’s What To Expect On Election Day In The New York Primaries)
Cuomo doled out 11 times more cash than his opponent, spending $18 million to Nixon’s $1.6 million to secure his spot as the Democratic challenger in the upcoming midterm elections less than two months away, according to Reuters.
Throughout his campaign, Cuomo touted his experience as two-time governor of the city and drummed up support through anti-Trump sentiment. He pegged Nixon as less experienced, but he garnered harsh criticism after he declared that “America was never that great” at a rally in August.
His campaign was also threatened by numerous corruption scandals in Albany, including when his top former aide was charged with soliciting bribes and other fraudulent activities in March, according to CBS News.
Cuomo is rumored to be on a long list of Democratic candidates running for president in 2020, and a renewed gubernatorial seat would strengthen his position as a possible contender to President Donald Trump. His father, former Gov. Mario Cuomo, served for three terms before he was beat by Republican Gov. George Pataki in 1994.
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