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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo handily defeated his Democratic primary opponent, Cynthia Nixon, yesterday by a margin of 64-33%. He now faces Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro in the general election.Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul squeezed out a very narrow victory over Jumaane Williams. New York City Public Advocate Letitia James defeated a slew of candidates for the Attorney General’s Democratic nomination.In an important implication for the State Senate, six of the eight members of the former Independent Democratic Conference were defeated by progressive candidates. Their victories solidify the Democrat seats in those districts, though the balance of power remains the same in the Senate, where the Republicans have a one seat majority. All eyes turn to the November general elections, as the Democrats make a push to gain the majority.
Michael P. Smith, President, NYBA, at (212) 297-1699
Clare M. Cusack, General Counsel, at (212) 297-1664