New York Democrats back Cuomo for re-election as governor

New York, May 23 (EFE).- New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday received the clear backing of the Democratic Party for re-election over his party rival, actress Cynthia Nixon.

Cuomo obtained more than 95 percent of the votes from the delegates present at the New York Democratic convention, held on Long Island.

Nixon obtained 5 percent of the votes, far below the 25 percent that would have directly guaranteed her a place in the primaries in September.

The result, which came in about as expected by most political observers, does not prevent Nixon from running in the primary, for which she has announced that she will be collecting signatures in the coming months.

Nixon, well-known for her role in the “Sex and the City” television series that ran from 1998-2004 and a long-time activist on educational issues, is putting herself forward as a more leftist alternative to Cuomo and has already garnered the support of a not-insignificant portion of the Democratic base.

Meanwhile, the Democratic Party leadership and some of the party’s best-known figures, including Hillary Clinton, are supporting Cuomo for a third term.

According to a voter survey released earlier this month, Cuomo would enjoy a 22-point advantage over Nixon in the primary.

The Republicans, meanwhile, on Wednesday formally nominated Marcus Molinaro as their gubernatorial candidate in the November election.

Molinaro, at present, is at a significant disadvantage compared to Democrats, obtaining just 26 percent support to Cuomo’s 57 percent among eligible New York voters, according to the recent survey.

This article provided by NewsEdge.