May 11, 2018
Fifty percent of registered New York State Democrats said they would back incumbent Governor Andrew Cuomo for a third term in Albany, while 28% said they would support actress and educational activist Cynthia Nixon, in a poll released on May 2 by Quinnipiac University. The two will face each other in the primaries on September 13.
Cuomo first was voted into office in 2010, with 63% of the vote; in 2014, he was elected to a second term, with a 54% majority. His father, Mario. served as the 52nd governor of New York State from 1983 to 1994.
The race has become closer in recent weeks, as the Sex and the City cast member—a well-known mover and shaker in both New York political and LGBT circles—jokes “Vote for the Homo, Not Cuomo.” That’s a clear gibe against the current governor: When Ed Koch made his successful bid for New York City mayor against Mario Cuomo in 1977, posters appeared around the Big Apple with the slogan, “Vote for Cuomo, Not the Homo.”
Indeed, a mid-April Siena College poll found Cuomo leading Nixon by 31 points, 58% to 27%, among registered Democrats. Although Cuomo still holds a 22-point lead, that’s substantially down from his 47-point lead when she announced her run in mid-March.
In addition to education and gay rights, Nixon is running on a platform that supports an improved MTA system in New York City, as well as substantial investments in lower-income housing and public schools.
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