New York Primary Election: Nixon Hopes to Upset Cuomo in Governor’s Race

Actress Cynthia Nixon-- New York Gov. Cuomo

New York voters are heading to the polls for Thursday’s state primary election. Actress and liberal activist Cynthia Nixon is challenging incumbent Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who has a huge lead in polls and a high favorability rating.

A recent poll from Siena College Research Institute showed that Cuomo had a 41-point lead against Nixon. Sixty-three percent of likely voters support the incumbent governor, while 22 percent favor the former “Sex and the City” actress.

Cuomo’s favorability rating stands at 68 to 24 percent, while it is 41 to 33 percent for Nixon. According to Siena College pollster Steven Greenberg, the governor “expanded his two-to-one lead in July and he seems poised to overwhelm Nixon.”

Despite Cuomo’s big advantage, Nixon expressed confidence that she has a chance to upset the governor in the primary election. She said that there’s a movement of left-wing voters clamoring for progress.

Nixon believes she can replicate the successes of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ayanna Pressley.