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Andrew Cuomo has won the race for New York governor against Republican Marc Molinaro. Cuomo won 67.9 percent of the state’s votes, as opposed to Molinaro’s 28.5 percent, The New York Times reported hours after polls closed.
Incumbent Cuomo, who has served as the state’s governor since 2011, was largely expected to win the election in a state where registered Democrats outnumber registered Republicans by more than 2 to 1. Cuomo had mocked Molinaro as a “Trump Mini-Me” during his campaign.
The win follows a nasty primary competition between Cuomo, 60, and Democratic challenger (and former Sex and the CIty star) Cynthia Nixon; Cuomo ultimately outspent NIxon by more than 8 to 1. Nixon largely challenged Cuomo on the state of New York City subways and public housing, as well as broken promises on development in upstate New York.
Cuomo began his political career as a campaign manager for his father, three-term New York governor Mario Cuomo, before joining the Clinton Administration as assistant secretary for community planning and development and U.S. secretary of housing and urban development.
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