New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, won his primary challenge against actress Cynthia Nixon. He faced an unexpectedly serious primary challenge from Nixon who, if elected, would have become the first state executive to have won Emmy, Grammy and Tony Awards.
Cuomo is the son of famed former New York governor and almost-presidential candidate Mario Cuomo. Nixon tapped into a vein of progressivism that helped Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez win her primary against Rep. Joe Crowley in June. She also tried to capitalize on fatigue with Cuomo's leadership and corruption in Albany, the state capital. One of Cuomo's former top aides was found guilty on corruption charges in March, while a number of other onetime Albany heavyweights have faced similar charges.
Cuomo will face Republican Marc Molinaro in the general election, and other candidates running on minor party lines.
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