Gov. Andrew Cuomo is taking some heat from his opponent Cynthia Nixon for holding a rally that was initially closed to the media. "So one of the most important issues to me is full funding more particularly more equitable funding for education which is something that I've been fighting for 17 years", said Nixon. "This idea that he's going to win could be a factor in people saying, 'I don't need to go in on Thursday, '" political consultant Michael Dawidziak said in a telephone interview. Nixon has tapped into a vein of progressivism that helped Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez win her primary against Rep. Joe Crowley in June. The race started bitterly, and it's ending that way after the state Democratic Party - which has endorsed Cuomo - sent mail to voters that falsely accused Nixon of embracing anti-Semitism.
Nixon thanked the Zaber's employee behind the counter before leaving and asking him to, "please vote on Thursday". Nixon, who has never held office, has said Cuomo's experience has not translated to good governance, Cuomo has said she is inexperienced and naive about the practicalities of NY politics.
The latest from Siena College released Monday shows Cuomo with a 41 percentage point lead over Nixon, but Nixon isn't backing down.
The planned opening of the Governor Mario M. Cuomo bridge to replace the old Tappan Zee Bridge between Westchester and Rockland counties was supposed to bolster Cuomo's image as a can-do governor, but a last-minute delay changed that narrative.
The flier was then approved by Larry Schwartz, another campaign volunteer who was formerly Cuomo's top lieutenant.
The race has turned increasingly bitter and expensive, as Cuomo has spent $18 million to Nixon's $1.6 million, according to state figures.
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Cuomo, for his part, rejected what he called "reparations" during the debate, but struck a more cautious, pro-legalization position ー a leftward policy change that may have developed only at Nixon's prodding.
Cuomo "now seems poised to overwhelm Nixon", Greenberg said.
The state Democratic Party funded the mailer after Cuomo contributed $2.5 million.
Cuomo's advocacy for same-sex marriage, gun control and other progressive causes might bolster him against Nixon. His preferred pick for attorney general, New York City Public Advocate Letitia James, is mired in a four-way primary. In the final debates, Maloney and Eve - who has struggled to break out of single digits - have attacked Teachout for only recently passing the NY bar and for not rejecting "corporate" money in her 2016 run.
Several competitive primaries for the state Legislature will also be decided, including some high-profile contests featuring challengers hoping to retire state senators who were former members in the Independent Democratic Conference, a now defunct faction that broke with mainline Democrats to support GOP control of the chamber.