UPDATE: With most of the votes counted, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has officially trounced challenger Cynthia Nixon. As of shortly after 11 PM Eastern time, Cuomo has 870,273 votes (65%) to Nixon’s 468,135 (35%). Nixon made a mark, though, winning some liberal voting districts, including Albany, but failed to connect with New York City voters, presumably her home base.
In her concession speech, Nixon said she called Cuomo to congratulate him. But she felt her campaign made a difference. “I am not discouraged. I am inspired. I hope you are too,” Nixon said.
EARLIER: Incumbent Governor Andrew Cuomo appears on the way to crushing celebrity opponent Cynthia Nixon in the New York state Democratic primary.
New York is the only state in the nation holding separate state and federal primary elections. Races for governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general feature contested Democratic primaries.
Nixon, best known for playing Miranda on the HBO Sex and the City series, hoped to capitalize on the momentum of upsets in key elections in the last few months. But her ultra-liberal stances failed to win voters even in such left-leaning enclaves as Manhattan and parts of Brooklyn. Early results had Cuomo easily beating her by 36,000 votes in Brooklyn and more than 25,000 votes in Manhattan.
Cuomo has been heavily favored in the contest. The son of former governor and national political figure Mario Cuomo — and brother of CNN host Chris Cuomo — he has been governor since 2011, but had missteps recently, such as dedicating a re-built bridge before engineers had given the all-clear, and having his name on a campaign flier containing an anti-Semitic message.