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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks at an event on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016, at Sunken Meadow State Park in Kings Park, N.Y. Cuomo said Thursday the state would consider legal action if federal officials proceed with plans to expand dumping sites. (AP Photo/Frank Eltman).
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks at an event on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016, at Sunken Meadow State Park in Kings Park, N.Y. Cuomo said Thursday the state would consider legal action if federal officials proceed with plans to expand dumping sites. (AP Photo/Frank Eltman).

New York Gov. Cuomo defeats Cynthia Nixon in NY gubernatorial primary

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NEW YORK (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has defeated Democratic primary challenger Cynthia Nixon to win his party's nomination for a third term.

Cuomo had far greater financial resources going into the matchup, and polls suggested he held a commanding lead before Thursday's primary.

Nixon, an activist and former "Sex and the City" star, had hoped to become the latest liberal challenger to unseat a powerful insider.

Cuomo's campaign dismissed her as inexperienced and touted the governor's work to push back against President Donald Trump.

His victory comes despite several missteps, including a widely condemned mailer that questioned Nixon's support for Jewish people. Nixon has two Jewish children and called the attack "sleazy."

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

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