"I voted for him eight years ago because I remembered his dad", Nixon said of the governor and his father, the popular late former Gov. Mario Cuomo, at a rally in Brooklyn on Saturday. "That's why we play the game and why we have elections".
While he seldom mentions her name, Cuomo has taken her seriously as a political threat.
"It's an exciting day that we've worked so hard for and we're seeing so much excitement - so much excitement, so much enthusiasm, so much momentum - in New York City, across the state", Nixon told reporters as she cast her vote.
Best known for her stint as Miranda on HBO's "Sex and the City", the Emmy-winning Nixon has always been politically active, particularly in matters of LGBTQ rights; Nixon identifies as bisexual and is married to a woman.
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Are New York ballots not standardized across the state? Cuomo's inability to win voters over on the issue - and only a slight 2-point lead on "advancing progressive issues" - are the only two areas where the poll shows Cuomo looking vulnerable. But she's invited to my next bbq/family gathering and if she's running for anything...
Thus far, Nixon has not taken full advantage of the opportunities she has had to point out the discrepancies between them, according to Dawidziak. She said Cuomo has not aggressively fought for the funding in Albany.
The former Sex and the City star became the talk of the Twittersphere yesterday, when a video emerged of her ordering a cinnamon raisin bagel with smoked salmon, red onions, capers, tomato and cream cheese at Zabar's - an order that offended bagel and lox purists. And progressives may not be as powerful in a statewide primary as in certain districts. "The governor holds a lot more responsibility over the trains than he wants to admit", said Morgan Hargrove. The question remains whether that wave will be enough to carry Nixon to victory.
Just as polls closed at 9 p.m., Nixon's campaign sent out an email lowering expectations for her performance and raising them for Cuomo.