Incumbent New York Governor Andrew Cuomo handily defeated actress and activist Cynthia Nixon in the state's Democratic primary contest on Thursday (September 13), overcoming a challenge from the party's progressive wing.
Nixon, a first-time candidate, was hoping to repeat the success of candidates like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ayanna Pressley, who upset long-serving Democratic incumbent congressmen in nominating races, promising more liberal policies.
But the former "Sex and the City" star was vastly out-spent by Cuomo, who put up $18 million to Nixon's $1.6 million.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) NEW YORK GOVERNOR, ANDREW CUOMO, saying: "Can you stop interrupting?" (SOUNDBITE) (English) ACTOR AND NEW YORK GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATE, CYNTHIA NIXON, saying, "Can you stop lying?" The two battled it out in a contentious debate last month, with Nixon casting Cuomo as a corrupt corporate Democrat.
But Cuomo kept coming back to his experience in leadership.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) NEW YORK GOVERNOR, ANDREW CUOMO, saying: "My opponent lives in the world of fiction.
I live in the world of fact." Both candidates spent much of the campaign competing over who would hold Donald Trump more accountable.
Democratic disgust for the president has made the political climate in New York all but untenable for centrist Democrats.
And if Nixon's challenge has done anything, it's pushed Cuomo aggressively to the left on issues like legalizing marijuana and criminal justice reform.
The governor is now set to win a third term, as he's heavily favored against Republican Marc Molinaro in the November 6th general election.