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Governor Andrew Cuomo wins New York primary race
Cuomo defeats Cynthia Nixon in the New York primary for the democratic gubernatorial elections.
New York voters on Thursday to cast ballots in the second Tranche of state primaries before the General election in November, the selection of candidates for state and local races. Here are the results:
Gubernatorial primary results:
Democratic incumbent Gov. Andrew Cuomo easily beat back a primary challenge from actress and activist Cynthia Nixon on Thursday with 65.6% percent of the vote. During the campaign, Cuomo rarely Nixon mentioned by name, instead, back touts his experience, successes in two terms as Governor and his work to urge against President Donald Trump.
FILE: New York gubernative candidate Cynthia Nixon, left, speaks during a Democratic primary debate in Hempstead, NY, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks at a press conference in New York.
There were indications that the former “Sex and the City” actress pushed the acting Governor on the left side on several issues, including the legalization of marijuana and addressing the public housing sector is crumbling in New York City.
FILE: New York gubernative candidate Cynthia Nixon, center, speaks to members of the media outside a polling station after voting in the primary school.
With the number of registered Democrats number of Republicans exceeds more than 2-to-1 in New York, Cuomo is the automatic front-runner in the November matchup with Republican Marc Molinaro, who secured the GOP nomination uncontested.
GOP Primary – Marc Molinaro Undisputed
The Primary – Andrew M. Cuomo Votes 975,552 Votes Percentage: 65.6%
In the Democratic primary for lieutenant governor, the incumbent, and Cuomo’s running mate, Kathy Hochul Challenger Jumaane Williams defeated, a New York city Councilman who had promised, if elected, to serve as a check on Cuomo.
Candidate for Lieutenant Governor Jumaane Williams delivers his concession speech at the working families party night of the primary party.
Hochul, a former Congresswoman from Buffalo, spent much of the campaign, and campaigned for her role in the Cuomo administration. Cuomo first took her as his running mate in the European elections in 2014. Hochul face a GOP challenger Julie Killian in November.
GOP Primary – Julie Killian Undisputed
The Primary – Kathy Hochul Votes: 731,459 Votes Percentage: 53.3%
Cuomo’s pick for attorney general, New York City Public Advocate Letitia James, won a four-way Democratic primary with more than 40 percent of the vote. James told her supporters in Brooklyn on Thursday that President Donald Trump “can’t a day without us” and that they are “in the middle of a fight to save our democracy.”
James would be the first black woman to hold statewide elected office in New York, if she prevails in the General election. She was strongly supported by Cuomo, and several influential unions, and heavily favored in the November General election.
The Republican candidate, Keith Wofford, a little-known Buffalo native, who worked as a lawyer in private practice for two decades. Wofford, James was attacked as a “career politician”, the “maintenance of the status quo.”
Wofford has pitched as an “independent outside do the” who, what, in the interests of his state, and an alternative to the political establishment.
GOP Primary – Keith Wofford Undisputed
The Primary – Letitia James Votes: 578,412 Votes Percentage: 40.6%
Senate primary results:
Democratic, socialist, and first-time candidate, Julia Salazar, 27, hand-eight-militants of the Lich defeated term incumbent Sen. Martin Dilan, New York, 18th District with 59 percent of the vote, the ranks of the progressive, nationwide, have been hit mainstream Democrats.
Julia Salazar, left, answers questions during an interview after winning the primaries about Martin Dilan, New York, 18th State Senate district race.
Salazar’s criticism during the campaign for saying she was a poor immigrant from Colombia, struggled financially growing up, if you was born in a wealthy family in Florida. It has also been tested for their apparent religious conversion while at Columbia University by an anti-abortion Christian Republicans on a hard-left Jewish Democrat.
There was no Republican candidate running in the district, which practically guarantees Salazar a seat.
District 18: The Primary – Julia Salazar Votes: 20,603 Votes Percentage: 59.0%
GOP Primary – No candidate
Salazar’s victory came on a night when the primary voters their revenge took on a splinter group of the Democratic state senators who broke with the party for the accession of a group that supported the Republicans control of the chamber. Although a political solution in earlier this year to the end of the division, six of the eight members of the now-defunct Independent Democratic conference, were ousted in the party primaries Thursday.
Among those was the loss of their races, Bronx sen. Jeff Klein, the former IDC leader and current No. 2 in the state Senate. Small lost Alessandra Biaggi, a lawyer who has worked for Cuomo and Hillary Clinton’s campaigns.
But the voters decided for the other renegade Democrat, Brooklyn Sen. Simcha Felder. Fields was not an IDC member, but also agreed with the Republicans that they remain in control, even though the Democrats in the majority in the Senate by a seat. Fields beat Challenger Blake Morris in the Democratic primary.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Bradford Betz is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @bradford_betz.