New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's lead over Democratic Socialist Cynthia Nixon in the state's Democratic primary race for governor has widened to 36%, up from 22% in May, according to a Wednesday poll from Quinnipiac University.
Cuomo, the son of a three-term governor who is himself seeking a third term, leads Nixon 59 percent to 23 percent among potential voters, according to a poll out Wednesday from Quinnipiac University. Nixon, an Emmy winner who starred in HBO’s “Sex and the City,” has called Cuomo a "corrupt hypocrite" who doesn’t reflect Democrats’ core values, is beholden to corporate interests, and has let the subway system deteriorate on his watch. -Bloomberg
The poll also finds that people want an experienced leader governing the state:
"New Yorkers say 59 - 30 percent they want a gubernatorial candidate with experience in politics over someone new to it. Democrats, non-white voters and women, in particular, lead the charge in that preference," according to Mary Snow, polling analyst for the Quinnipiac University Poll.
Also hurting Nixon is the fact that virtually nobody knows who she is aside from "the Miranda" of the group - her character on Sex and the City.
"A significant percentage of voters say they haven't heard enough about Gov. Andrew Cuomo's two main rivals, Duchess County Executive Marc Molinaro and Cynthia Nixon, to give them a thumbs up or down on what they think of them. That is also helping Gov. Cuomo."
Cuomo also has a massive fundraising advantage - with $31.1 million in his warchest vs. just $660,000 for Nixon according to the New York Times.
Nixon's sagging performance is notable in light of the progressive wave of Democratic Socialists unseating establishment candidates - starting with 28-year-old progressive activist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who beat the 4th most powerful Democrat in Congress - Joe Crowley, in an upset victory.
Ocasio-Cortez, Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Nixon have sought to push the party further left and a victory over the more moderate Cuomo would mark arguably the biggest victory in that political movement to date. -Bloomberg
We wonder if Nixon can explain the Israeli-Arab conflict better than Ocasio-Cortez?