Primary Day: Voters Head To Polls Across New York State

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Cuomo's advocacy for same-sex marriage, gun control and other progressive causes might bolster him against Nixon.

Cuomo is now the odds-on favorite to win a third term as governor, given New York's strong Democratic bent and the anti-Trump fervor across the country.

The mailer said Nixon opposes funding for Jewish schools, supports "racist, xenophobic" calls to boycott Israel over its treatment of Palestinians, and that she has been "silent on the rise of anti-Semitism". Nixon has two Jewish children and called the attack "sleazy".

Cuomo will now face Republican Marc Molinaro and independent Stephanie Miner in November's general election.

Democrats in NY were voting on Thursday whether Governor Andrew Cuomo deserves a third term or should be replaced by actress and activist Cynthia Nixon, a first-time candidate mounting a challenge from the left.

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Another closely watched race is the four-way Democratic contest for attorney general. Turnout is usually notoriously low but polling stations open at 6:00 am (1000 GMT) and close at 9:00pm.

When confronted by a possibly horrified passerby, Nixon assured the witness that she knew what she was doing: "Yeah, sweet and salty, you're right."

Nixon, who is gay and attends Congregation Beit Simchat Torah, an LGBT synagogue, announced her bid for the Democratic nomination for NY governor in March.

Barbara Underwood tweeted Thursday before polls closed that the candidates "believe in the power of this office" and have given voters "a choice for the future". Underwood declined to run for election.

Nixon may still appear on the general election ballot, as the nominee of the liberal Working Families party, unless a maneuver is made to remove her from the ballot.

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In an interview with Reuters last week, Nixon said: "I feel people are going to be very surprised on Thursday", and cited victories she felt her campaign had already scored. I am so proud to be your AG.

Democrats across NY are choosing their candidates for governor, attorney general and the state Legislature in the nation's last primary election of 2018.

In 2014, Cuomo faced attorney Zephyr Teachout in the Democratic primary, a race similar to Thursday's in which Teachout attempted to unseat Cuomo from his left. Several people who showed up to their normal polling places were not on the rolls when they arrived, and therefore had to vote by filling out an affidavit ballot. I filled out an affidavit and hope my vote eventually counts but this is just a reminder that our voting systems are messed up no matter where you go.

- Lydia Polgreen (@lpolgreen) September 13, 2018Mayor: "I heard from Dante.he had a voter card from the BOE.officials at his poll site couldn't find his name".

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