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Nixon confident despite polls showing Cuomo leading NY primary race

Nixon confident despite polls showing Cuomo leading NY primary race

Cynthia Nixon, the telegenic, left-leaning "Sex and the City" actress turned activist, faces the electoral battle of her life Thursday in her long-shot bid to unseat New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is taking some heat from his opponent Cynthia Nixon for holding a rally that was initially closed to the media.

"He is going hard, but I think what that shows is that he is actually scared because he understands that we've got a real hunger for progressive change in NY state and he doesn't have a record to run on", Ms. Nixon said Wednesday on the "Breakfast Club" radio show.

"The fact that he seems to be in hiding the day before the election - yeah, I think he's running scared", Nixon said in the Bronx.

And in July, Mr. Cuomo was dragged into ugly headlines after the architect of his six-year-old plan to revitalize upstate NY - dubbed "Buffalo Billion" - was convicted in a bid-rigging scheme involving state contracts worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

Some primary voters might be inspired by the controversies to hit Cuomo with "a "rolled up newspaper across the nose" by voting for Nixon, according to political consultant Bill Cunningham, who worked in the past for Gov. Mario Cuomo".

Likely to work in Cuomo's favor is that NY allows only registered Democrats to vote in the primary.

One of the candidates in the Democratic primary, Zephyr Teachout, pledged this week to investigate Mr. Cuomo should she win.

In the video, Schiff said that people in NY are "tired of the cynical, self-serving corporate Democrats" and that they want to see "courageous, honest Democrats".

"We have a Democratic Party leadership that is so much whiter, and so much older, and so much more beholden to corporate America than its base", Nixon said at a weekend fundraiser in Manhattan. Leecia Eve, a former Cuomo aide, was in fourth.

"The mailer was a mistake".

Thursday's primaries also will decide the fates of eight state senators, elected as Democrats, who formed an "Independent Democratic Conference" that voted for Republican control of the state Senate. "The new voices that we've seen rising up in places around the country, it's a question whether they're a statewide force or just concentrated in some urban areas" Cunningham said.

Cuomo campaign spokeswoman Lis Smith confirmed Lobl and Schwartz's involvement in the creation of the mailer, but said Schwartz only noticed the remarks about Cuomo's record on Jewish issues, not the false Nixon attacks on the other side. "But for the most part the governor has done what he needs to do in this race".



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