Cuomo Defeats Challenge from Nixon

 The Story:

On Thursday, September 13, Democratic Party voters in New York supported their incumbent Governor, Andrew Cuomo, over a primary challenge from activist/actress Cynthia Nixon.

The Background:

New York generally follows the American practice of holding elections on Tuesdays, both primary and final. The legislature delayed this vote by two days so that it would not fall on Rosh Hashanah and the 17th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

A debate between Cuomo and Nixon, last month, featured a tense exchange over the New York City subway system. Cuomo held that maintenance of the system is the responsibility of the municipal government, not that of the state. Nixon responded not only that she believes the State should be more active on this, but that she would be fine with a transit workers strike over State inaction.

The Thing to Know:

Cuomo received close to 66% of the vote in the primary. He will now face Republican Mark Molinaro, the Dutchess County Executive, in the general election in November. Cuomo is the heavy favorite in that one.

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