Gov. Andrew Cuomo cruised to a win Thursday in the Democratic primary for New York governor, easily warding off a challenge from actor and activist Cynthia Nixon as she tried to position herself as a more-progressive alternative.
Cuomo, an incumbent in his second term, had 66 percent of the vote to Nixon’s 34 percent with about half of districts reporting results at 10 p.m. EDT
The Associated Press called the race for Cuomo at 9:27 p.m., a half-hour after polls closed.
Cuomo’s big victory allows him to continue his bid for a third term and sets up a November battle with Marc Molinaro, the Republican nominee for governor.
Incumbent Kathy Hochul has defeated Jumaane Williams in the New York Democratic primary for lieutenant governor.
Hochul, a former congresswoman from Buffalo, now moves on to the November general election as the running mate of Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who first picked her to run beside him in the 2014 election.
New York State Attorney General
Letitia James won the primary for attorney general. If elected, she would be New York’s first African-American attorney general.
NY State Senate
In District 20, which includes Crown Heights, Zellnor Myrie defeated incumbent Jesse Hamilton.
Myrie, an attorney and former Legislative Director in the New York City Council, successfully attacked Hamilton for his connection to the Independent Democratic Conference, promised Brooklyn he’ll fight for fair housing above all else, and earned a New York Times endorsement.
Hamilton — who has represented Brownsville, Crown Heights, East Flatbush, Gowanus, Park Slope, Prospect Heights, Prospect Lefferts Gardens, South Slope, and Sunset Park since 2014 — was ultimately unable to prove he had the progressive credentials to please his Democrat constituents, despite his proposed legislation to make prejudiced 911 calls a hate crime.
Voting issues in New York City
New York has a notoriously opaque voting system. For example, if a person wanted to switch parties to be able to vote in Thursday’s primaries, they needed to register by Oct. 13, 2017, almost a full year before the actual election. New York also does not have early voting.
But beyond structural issues, polling sites in New York City had serious problems on Thursday. Several people who showed up to their normal polling places were not on the rolls when they arrived, and therefore had to vote by filling out an affidavit ballot.