NY votes in primary election

Cuomo NIxon Meet In Only Televised Primary Debate

I'm so proud of all the work we've done to build a NY that works for all of us.

Cuomo has mounted a formidable defense, touting liberal accomplishments such as gun control, free public college tuition and a higher minimum wage.

The victor of the Democratic primary will face Republican Keith Wofford in the attorney general's race in the heavily blue state.

"We don't just believe it - we live by it", he told a rally in Buffalo on Tuesday.

Nixon shot back at Cuomo's assertions, saying his claim to not know about the mailer was "patently absurd". Nixon tapped into a vein of progressivism that helped Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez win her primary against Rep. Joe Crowley in June. Following long-standing rumors of her interest in pursuing office, the actress launched her campaign in March, providing Cuomo with the second serious primary challenge to his incumbency in as many cycles. Four years ago he largely ignored primary challenger Zephyr Teachout, refusing even to shake her hand, and lost a third of the vote.

The race appeared to push Cuomo to the left on several issues: his administration moved toward legalizing recreational marijuana, and he signed an order allowing paroled felons to vote.

The race has featured bitter attacks. At their only debate, as the two sparred over the deterioration of New York's subways under the governor's tenure, Cuomo barked: "Can you stop interrupting?" at Nixon, who snapped back: "Can you stop lying?"

The race also got some attention for certain celebrity endorsements, particularly regarding Nicki Minaj and Cardi B.

The mailer said Nixon opposes funding for Jewish schools, supports "racist, xenophobic" calls to boycott Israel over its treatment of Palestinians, and that she has been "silent on the rise of anti-Semitism".

Before casting his ballot in the town of Mount Kisco, Cuomo said New Yorkers must stand up to changes being made in Washington that he said ran counter to the state's values, according to local channel News 12 Westchester.

In November's general election, Cuomo will face Republican Marc Molinaro, the Dutchess County executive, and Stephanie Miner, the former Syracuse mayor running as an independent.

Best known for her stint as Miranda on HBO's "Sex and the City", the Emmy-winning Nixon has always been politically active, particularly in matters of LGBTQ rights; Nixon identifies as bisexual and is married to a woman. Unsuccessful in the challenge, and in a subsequent race for New York's 19th Congressional District seat in 2016, Teachout is now in the midst of a tight race for the state's Democratic attorney general nomination.

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