Governor Andrew Cuomo recently had a conclusive win against actress and activist Cynthia Nixon on September 13th in the Democratic Primary in New York. Cuomo had a total of 978,138 votes to Nixon’s 512,585. The general election will take place on November 6th, with Governor Cuomo seeking a third term in office. Cuomo will go up against the uncontested Marc Molinaro from the Republican Party, Howie Hawkins of the Green Party, Larry Sharpe of the Libertarian Party, and an Independent Stephanie Miner.
Although Cuomo won by a significant margin, Nixon challenged Cuomo, forcing him to spend a whopping twenty-one million dollars for his campaign. One particular member of faculty in C&C believes that, “The more progressive candidates pushed the conversation towards ending mass incarceration, ending drug law/policies that unjustly and disproportionately are applied toward African American and Latino populations, and better funding our schools.”
However, the primary election for governor was not the only part in the 2018 Election: there were also politicians running for Lieutenant Governor. Kathy Hochul decisively won against Jumaane D. Williams in the Democratic Primary with a final tally of 733,591 votes to 641,631. Hochul will take on Republican Julie Killian, Green Party Jia Lee, Libertarian Andrew Hollister, and Independent Michael Volpe. The Lieutenant Governors serve as “vice presidents” to the governor and are therefore their running mates during the campaign.
Furthermore, in the Democratic Primary for Attorney General–also an important part of the primaries, Letitia James won against challenging opponents such as popular rival Zephyr Teachout, Sean Patrick Maloney, and Leecia Eve. James had less than fifty percent of the votes, which reflects how difficult it was for her to advance to the General Election. The Reform Party was the only party, aside from the Democratic Party contested by other candidates, with Nancy Sliwa triumphant in the primary. The General Election for Attorney General will include Democrat Letitia James, Republican Keith Wofford, Green Party candidate Michael Sussman, Independent candidate Vincent Messina, Reform Party Nancy Sliwa, and Working Families Party candidate Kenneth Schaefer. Find out who will win the 2018 New York General Elections November 6th!
Sources: The New York Times, Ballotpedia, The Washington Post, and WKTV News