Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo leads challenger Cynthia Nixon by more than 40 points ahead of Thursday’s Democratic gubernatorial primary, according to a poll published Monday.
Sixty-three percent of “likely Democratic voters” favor Cuomo compared to 22 percent who favor Nixon, according to a Siena College poll referenced by 13 WHAM ABC. That represents an even bigger lead for Cuomo than he enjoyed in late July, when 60 percent of likely Democratic voters leaned toward Cuomo, and 29 percent leaned Nixon, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Roughly 50 percent of Nixon supporters say they are casting their vote “against Cuomo” rather than for her, reported WHAM. Roughly 90 percent of Cuomo supporters “say they are voting for him more than voting against Nixon,” according to WHAM. The governor has a 68 percent favorability rating compared to Nixon’s 41 percent.
The poll does not really reflect voters’ current attitudes because of a “disastrous” weekend for Cuomo involving an anti-Nixon mailer, Nixon’s spokesperson Lauren Hitt said according to WSJ.
The New York State Democratic Committee sent out mailers claiming that Nixon is “silent on the rise of anti-Semitism” around the time of the Jewish holiday Rosh Hashanah.
Political figures including New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, a Democrat, criticized the mailer, and Cuomo’s campaign team denied having anything to do with them, reported Fox News. (RELATED: Cynthia Nixon Has The Most Repulsive Bagel Order Of All Time)
Nixon has two children with ex-partner Danny Mozes who are Jewish, reported WSJ.
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