Today, voters will be choosing their nominee for governor for the state of New York.
Actress and activist Cynthia Nixon is challenging incumbent Democratic governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, who is running for his third re-election in Thursday’s New York primary.
The latest Real Clear Politics poll average shows that Governor Cuomo with 61% support, and Nixon with 22.5%.
Cuomo, who assumed office in 2011, is also leading the campaign finance with more than $20 million raised as of July, while Nixon has raised $1.6 million according to the New York state board of elections.
Nixon’s so called insurgent campaign against the current governor does not seem to be too worried about Cuomo’s edge.
Nixon — who was popularly known as Miranda on HBO’s “Sex and the City” – has criticized the governor as out of touch with the party’s diverse ranks, and too aligned with conservative Republicans and corporations to be running one of the country’s most liberal states.
Nixon recently met with New York’s ethnic media, telling them her priorities when it comes to the Asian-American communities in NY.
Nixon may be trailing behind Cuomo – but she says she is inspired by the victories of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley, and Andrew Gill, candidates who were deemed doomed in opinion polls before pulling off upset victories.
The New York primary election is on Thursday, September 13, instead of the usual Tuesday, which was the 17th anniversary of the 9/11 commemoration.
Polling places will open at 6 a.m. in NYC, and close at 9 p.m.