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New York's Big Race Stays Lively to the Finish

Cynthia Nixon is trying to upset Gov. Andrew Cuomo
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 13, 2018 8:20 AM CDT
New York gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon, right, and congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez greet voters and children outside of a school while campaigning in New York, Wednesday, Sept....   (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
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(Newser) – One of the most high-profile primary races in the nation will be decided by voters in New York on Thursday: Sex and the City star Cynthia Nixon's long-shot bid to prevent Andrew Cuomo from winning a third term as governor. As Politico notes, Nixon is hoping to pull off an upset like that of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a fellow New Yorker who stunned the political world with her congressional primary victory. But the AP reports that polls show Cuomo with a comfortable lead, including one out of Siena College putting him up 40 points in the final week. Nixon's camp, however, is buoyed by two new perceived missteps by the Cuomo campaign, involving a controversial mailer and the opening of a new bridge, and she said Wednesday that Cuomo is "running scared" and largely avoiding the media as a result.

The controversial mailer from the Democratic Party went out to Jewish neighborhoods, misrepresenting Nixon's views on Israel and accusing her of being "silent" on anti-Semitism, reports New York. The party has since called it a mistake, and while Cuomo has disavowed any knowledge, the New York Post reports that a close ally drafted it. On the bridge, Cuomo has been accused of pressuring officials to finish a replacement for the Tappan Zee Bridge ahead of the primary. The new span, named for his father, opened this week after the Cuomo administration offered "sweeteners," reports the New York Times. The opening, however, had to be delayed a few days at the last minute because of safety concerns. One sour note for Nixon: A fellow celeb bailed on her: "I wanted to vote Nixon, but sadly, i don’t believe she would know what the heck to do," wrote Amy Schumer. (Read more Andrew Cuomo stories.)

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