Nixon Hopes for Big Upset in Primary Battle with Cuomo

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While the contours of the Democratic race in NY look similar to those upsets, Nixon, best known for her Emmy-winning role on HBO's "Sex and the City", has trailed Cuomo by 30 points or more in opinion polls.

"You can not be a progressive if you can not deliver progress". This year he's spent millions on ads and, intentionally or not, moved to the left on issues such as legalizing marijuana, banning plastic bags, returning voting rights to former inmates and addressing conditions in New York City public housing.

"There is a divisiveness that is coming out of Washington that I think is cancerous to our nation", Cuomo said.

She's a high-profile example of an insurgent left-wing trying to oust establishment incumbents. The New York Times reported that the Cuomo administration offered incentives for the contractor to finish the job before the primary, and Cuomo's insistence that the state does not control the Tappan Zee contrasts with his self-presentation as an effective and engaged manager.

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However, as outrage built over Cuomo's watery denial - his campaign pinned responsibility for the mailer on an anonymous "constituency outreach" volunteer - it emerged on Wednesday that the mailer was drafted by Cuomo's former special assistant David Lobl, now volunteering with his re-election campaign, and approved by Larry Schwartz, the governor's former secretary.

But that does not mean that a 41-point lead is enough to give Cuomo the victory that he wants. But Sanders steered clear of the governor's race.

Meanwhile, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's son, Dante de Blasio, was also among those who found themselves not on the rolls, the mayor said.

Nixon has hit Cuomo hard on the crumbling subway, going after his more centrist credentials and for taking donations from Trump in the past, as well as his bevvy of corporate donors.

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While it certainly seems that Nixon has Cuomo rattled, it appears he has little to worry about in Thursday's vote.

And then there were Cuomo's self-inflicted wounds in the waning days of the campaign.

The governor was mocked for saying America "was never that great" during remarks criticizing Trump's "Make America Great Again" slogan.

The actor and activist also lambasted the governor for pushing for the speedy opening of the new Mario Cuomo Bridge only to have it remain closed out of safety concerns.

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While a state Democratic Party official said earlier in the week that it would let Nixon send out a mailer of her choosing to the same population, her campaign manager, Rebecca Katz, told Gothamist, "there's been no formal offer", and they received no response to their request for a robocall denouncing the flier's incorrect claims. And for [Zephyr Teachout] and [Jumaane Williams]", she wrote on Instagram, "voted with my heart thanks to the women who took their time to talk to me about it.

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