As Governor Andrew Cuomo moved nearer in direction of securing a 3rd time period on Thursday, claiming the Democratic nomination in New York, his rival Cynthia Nixon appeared to take the landslide loss in stride–for probably the most half. 

“Whereas the consequence tonight wasn’t what we had hoped for, I’m not discouraged. I am impressed. I hope you’re too,” Nixon wrote on Twitter on Thursday night.

With 93 p.c of precincts reporting, Cuomo had 65 p.c of the vote in comparison with her 35 p.c.

GettyImages-1032961590 New York Democratic major candidate for governor Cynthia Nixon makes a concession speech at a Brooklyn restaurant on September 13, 2018 in New York Metropolis. Nixon’s marketing campaign staff appeared in charge her landslide loss to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on ‘extraordinarily excessive’ voter turnout. Spencer Platt/Getty

Whereas Nixon referred to as on voters to be changemakers, her marketing campaign staff gave the impression to be sending out a special message, blaming excessive voter turnout for the candidate’s loss.

In a memo reportedly despatched out to journalists as polls closed, Nixon’s marketing campaign staff accused Cuomo’s marketing campaign of overseeing an “unconscionable inflow in spending” that resulted in an “extraordinarily excessive” turnout “all through the state,” based on The Hill.

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“That is seemingly as a result of two elements: tens of tens of millions of {dollars} in ads from Andrew Cuomo pushing voters to the polls; and a need on the a part of prime Democratic voters to ship a message to [President Donald Trump] for the primary time since his election,” the marketing campaign staff mentioned. 

Nixon’s staff additionally reportedly blamed fewer polling hours in upstate New York, the place they mentioned Nixon polled higher than in New York Metropolis, for the landslide loss. 

Additionally they cited stories of voting issues in New York Metropolis neighborhoods the place they claimed Nixon additionally polled higher than wherever else as having added to the Democrat’s loss. 

The message from Nixon’s marketing campaign staff stood in stark distinction to the candidate’s personal statements, celebrating the marketing campaign as a hit, regardless of the election loss.  

“This is not only a symbolic victory,” she mentioned. “This marketing campaign compelled the governor to make concrete commitments that may change the lives of individuals throughout the state.” 

The actor-turned-politician appeared to take credit score for Cuomo’s announcement in April that the state Senate’s Unbiased Democratic Convention, which she described as “the group of breakaway company Democrats who handed the State Senate to the Republicans,” had agreed to disband.  

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“For 7.5 years, the Governor mentioned he had no energy to disband the IDC, the group of breakaway company Democrats who handed the State Senate to the Republicans,” Nixon wrote. “Then, 2 weeks into our marketing campaign, he miraculously disbanded them.

“Final 12 months, the governor opposed leisure marijuana,” Nixon famous. “We got here out strongly in favor of legalizing it as a matter of racial justice and the subsequent day, the governor declared that ‘the info on marijuana have modified.'” 

The Democrat additionally championed her marketing campaign’s give attention to calling for enhancements to New York’s subway system, stating: “We made the disaster within the subway a cornerstone of our marketing campaign. Now, everybody in New York understands that the governor controls the subway and it is the governor’s accountability to repair it.” 

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Nixon additionally famous that after her staff launched its local weather justice plan within the Rockaways, the governor “reversed himself and halted building of a pipeline that will’ve devastated that group’s water and well being. The listing goes on and on.”

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The previous Intercourse and the Metropolis star mentioned that whereas some individuals had referred to as the chain of occasions the “Cynthia impact,” she calls it “what occurs once we maintain our leaders accountable.”

“That is greater than only a marketing campaign—it is a motion,” Nixon mentioned. “The motion we’re constructing isn’t nearly one candidate, or one election. It’s about providing a imaginative and prescient of the way in which issues COULD work, if solely now we have the management and the political braveness to make it a actuality.”

The Democrat referred to as on the “era coming of age in Obama and Trump’s America” to vary the nation “and for the primary time in our historical past, create a nation that lastly belongs to all of us.

“We began one thing right here in New York, and it doesn’t finish immediately. That is only the start. And I do know that collectively, we are going to win this struggle,” Nixon mentioned. 

Nixon doesn’t seem to have addressed the feedback made by her marketing campaign staff complaining of the excessive voter turnout in New York.


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