Cynthia Nixon faces off against Andrew Cuomo in NY primary election

A campaign mailer accusing ny gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon of anti-Semitism was drafted and approved by people connected with incumbent Gov. Andrew Cuomo's campaign team.

The stakes are high for Mr. Cuomo even if he wins, according to Jeanne Zaino, professor of political science at Iona College in NY.

Dunham also took to Twitter to show her support for Nixon, writing Tuesday that NY needs "a governor who will fight with us - on everything from passing universal healthcare to protecting reproductive rights and women's bodies".

"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. "I feel very excited; I'm about to go vote", she said.

Nixon shot back at Cuomo's assertions, saying his claim to not know about the mailer was "patently absurd".

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

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Cuomo rallied candidates and hundreds of other Democrats at an event inside Teamsters Local 456 union hall in Elmsford one day before the primary.

"I didn't know about the mailer; I heard about the mailer, I haven't seen the mailer", Cuomo said at a press conference on Sunday. "Sometimes primary voting is all about sending a message", Cunningham added. "Nothing could be further from the truth", said Nixon. Cuomo came into office eight years ago promising to reform the state government.

He's spent millions on ads and tried to make the race about President Trump, arguing that he was the best qualified to govern and push back against the White House. "I just think that there's been a lot of missed opportunities". Ethics reforms and "the fact that all of these sexual harassment are being handled by panels by men in Albany" also show Cuomo's weaknesses, Dawidziak said.

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.

"I am the most aggressive in the United States of America in taking him on", Mr. Cuomo said at a recent campaign stop, highlighting his opposition to the Trump administration's immigration efforts. "But for the most part the governor has done what he needs to do in this race".

But the perception that James was too close to Cuomo created an opening for Teachout, who ran unsuccessfully for governor in 2014 and for Congress in 2016.

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