Cuomo holds off progressive challenge
Gov. Andrew Cuomo cruised to a primary win Thursday night, defeating actress and education advocate Cynthia Nixon.
With registered Democrats outnumbering Republicans more than 2 to 1 in New York, the two-term governor becomes the automatic front-runner in November's matchup against Republican Marc Molinaro and independent former Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner.
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, but rather President Donald Trump. He threatened litigation if the federal government ends the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program for undocumented immigrants who entered the U.S. as children. He has also denounced the Republican-passed federal tax overhaul.
With a big campaign war chest, Cuomo had been rumored to eye a presidential run in 2020, but in his only debate with Nixon, he said he will not run for the White House in the next election, if elected to a third term as governor.
James takes Dem line in AG race
Letitia James beat out three other Democrats Thursday to win a primary in the race for attorney general.
James now faces Republican Keith Wofford in November. New York voters haven’t elected a Republican to be the state’s top lawyer since Dennis Vacco in 1994.
James, 59, would become the first black woman to hold a statewide elected office in New York if she prevails in the general election, where she will be heavily favored.
James has been endorsed by Gov. Cuomo and much of the state’s Democratic Party establishment.
Hochul does her part in LG Democratic primary
Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul defeated Jumaane Williams in a tight race in the lieutenant governor Democratic primary Thursday night.
That puts Hochul in line to face Republican Julie Killian in November.
Hochul, a former one-term congresswoman from Western New York, is running for a second term as lieutenant governor, after she replaced Robert Duffy on the Democratic ticket in 2014.