Andrew Cuomo defeats Cynthia Nixon in New York gubernatorial primary
ALBANY — Governor Andrew Cuomo overcame a primary challenge from activist and actress Cynthia Nixon on Thursday, thwarting her attempt to become the latest insurgent liberal to knock off an establishment Democrat.
Cuomo, who always led in the polls and outspent his rival more than 8 to 1, seldom mentioned Nixon by name during an often nasty campaign, instead touting his experience, achievements as governor, and his work to push back against President Donald Trump.
‘‘You cannot be a progressive if you cannot deliver progress,” Cuomo said at a rally the night before the vote. “And a New York progressive is not just a dreamer, but we are doers. We make things happen.’’
With registered Democrats outnumbering Republicans more than 2 to 1 in New York, Cuomo becomes the automatic front-runner in the November election against Republican Marc Molinaro and independent candidate Stephanie Miner.
Nixon, a longtime education activist and actress best known for her Emmy-winning role as lawyer Miranda Hobbes on HBO’s ‘‘Sex and the City,’’ was counting on a boost from liberals looking to oust establishment politicians.
But Cuomo secured key endorsements from Democrats such as Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden — as well as musician Nicki Minaj — and influential groups such as the National Organization for Women and Planned Parenthood. And despite Nixon’s efforts, polls showed several key Democratic voting blocs remained loyal to the incumbent, including African-Americans, young voters and women.
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 he increasingly made the race about pushing back against the policies of Trump and other Republicans in Washington. At the same time, he dismissed Nixon as a naive dilettante and mocked her work as an actress.