New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has defeated Democratic primary challenger Cynthia Nixon to win his party’s nomination for a third term.
Cuomo had far greater financial resources going into the matchup Thursday – and polls suggested he held a commanding lead.
Nixon, an activist and former ‘Sex and the City’ star, had hoped to become the latest liberal challenger to unseat a powerful insider.
Cuomo’s campaign dismissed her as inexperienced and touted the governor’s work to push back against President Donald Trump.
His victory comes despite several missteps – including a widely condemned mailer that questioned Nixon’s support for Jewish people. Nixon, however, has two Jewish children and called the attack ‘sleazy.’
Cuomo will now face Republican Marc Molinaro and independent Stephanie Miner in November’s general election.