Nixon calls for Cuomo to be held accountable for mailer

Nixon calls for Cuomo to be held accountable for mailer

With just one day to go before voters cast their ballots in the September 13 gubernatorial primary, Gov. Andrew Cuomo appears positioned to trounce Cynthia Nixon - but appearances can be deceiving.

While the contours of the Democratic race in NY look similar to those upsets, Nixon, best known for her Emmy-winning role on HBO's "Sex and the City", has trailed Cuomo by 30 points or more in opinion polls.

"You know we have more anti-semitic attacks in New York State now than we've had in years", Cuomo said. The mailer had charged that she had been "silent on the rise of anti-Semitism" and attempted to link her to the ongoing movement to boycott Israel.

Cynthia Nixon speaks at the Democratic gubernatorial primary debate, August 29, 2018, at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y.

Former Sex and the City actress turned Gubernatorial Candidate Cynthia Nixon has the web abuzz after ordering one of the most interesting bagel combinations at Zabar's over the weekend, and New Yorkers are passionately divided. Nixon has tapped into a vein of progressivism that helped Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez win her primary against Rep. Joe Crowley in June.

The race for attorney general also could leave Mr. Cuomo smarting. "Sometimes primary voting is all about sending a message", Cunningham added.

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Attorney general candidate Zephyr Teachout, who launched an unsuccessful primary bid against Cuomo in 2014, has been endorsed by Sen. By now, his failure to do so creates a liability among voters on the left. Teachers on strike would cause school closures, sanitation workers on the streets would result in a health crisis, and the shutting down of the MTA would cripple New York City's subway system.

Cuomo had far greater financial resources going into the matchup, and polls suggested he held a commanding lead before Thursday's primary. She could have brought up his failure to address gerrymandering, an issue that Cuomo ran on in 2010.

Nixon further portrayed the governor, whose public service stretches back to his tenure in President Bill Clinton's Department of Housing and Urban Development, including almost four years as secretary, as insufficiently liberal for today's Democratic Party. "I think it was inappropriate".

"We've seen elections where not a lot of people are turning out, and that's just bad for Democracy", said Gov. Cuomo. Cuomo denied all knowledge of the mailer's contents.

The 60-year-old governor spent much of the race touting his own liberal accomplishments such as same-sex marriage, gun control and paid family leave. And despite Nixon's efforts, polls showed several key Democratic voting blocs remained loyal to the incumbent, including African-Americans, young voters and women. Turnout is usually notoriously low but polling stations open at 6:00 am (1000 GMT) and close at 9:00pm.

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