Published: Thu, September 13, 2018

Primary Day: What you need to know

Primary Day: What you need to know

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. "So one of the most important issues to me is full funding more particularly more equitable funding for education which is something that I've been fighting for 17 years", said Nixon.

But the perception that James was too close to Cuomo created an opening for Teachout, who ran unsuccessfully for governor in 2014 and for Congress in 2016.

The outcome of the Democratic primary that got underway on Thursday will likely resonate around the nation, as it is a particularly high-profile example of the insurgent left-wing that is seeking to oust establishment incumbents who they say have failed to deliver on liberal promises.

Nixon said last night she's hoping for a big upset in the primary.

"With anti-Semitism and bigotry on the rise, we can't take a chance with inexperienced Cynthia Nixon, who won't stand strong for our Jewish communities", the mailer said.

Nixon thanked the Zaber's employee behind the counter before leaving and asking him to, "please vote on Thursday".

"He is going hard, but I think what that shows is that he is actually scared because he understands that we've got a real hunger for progressive change in NY state and he doesn't have a record to run on", Ms. Nixon said Wednesday on the "Breakfast Club" radio show.


Should Cuomo win, he would be heavily favored against Republican Marc Molinaro, the Dutchess County executive, in the November general election.

'I wanted to vote Nixon, but sadly, i don't believe she would know what the heck to do, ' explained the Trainwreck actress. Party Chair Geoff Berman said that the mailer was a "mistake", but did not say who was responsible for the flier or whether that person was being fired.

Political observers say that turnout is an overriding factor, but if damaging stories continue to come out about Cuomo, whether concerning the bridge, the mailer or other issues, "it's likely to affect at the margins the spread", said Levenson. "He controls the state committee", Nixon said.

Cuomo "now seems poised to overwhelm Nixon", Greenberg said. Earlier polls had given Cuomo a more than 30 percentage point lead.

Cuomo's advocacy for same-sex marriage, gun control and other progressive causes might bolster him against Nixon.

From left, Letitia James, Sean Patrick Maloney, Leecia Eve, and Zephyr Teachout at a debate on August 28 in Manhattan. Though she's always been an activist for her favored causes of education and same-sex marriage, running for office is new to her.

Down ballot, former members of the Independent Democratic Conference all face challenges as well from candidates eager to end the status quo in state government.

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