Cuomo has tacked left in hopes that he can inspire a similar level of excitement among his supporters. She's called Cuomo a bully and says she represents a wave of liberals eager to take a greater role in American politics. "Spread the word. See you at the Polls!".
It was a last day of campaigning in New York City unlike any other in memory. "This idea that he's going to win could be a factor in people saying, 'I don't need to go in on Thursday, '" political consultant Michael Dawidziak said in a telephone interview. The latest poll has him beating Nixon by 41 points.
The victor takes on Republican Keith Wofford in the general election. "It was unconscionable an unacceptable for Cuomo and the state Democratic Party to do this", said Assemblyman Dov Hikind, who said he would no longer vote for Cuomo.
"But no matter what happens, Donald Trump will have a headache", he said. "That's why we play the game and why we have elections".
One of those candidates is Jumaane Williams, a member of the New York City Council who is challenging Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul from the left.
One of the candidates in the Democratic primary, Zephyr Teachout, pledged this week to investigate Mr. Cuomo should she win. The mailer had charged that she had been "silent on the rise of anti-Semitism" and attempted to link her to the ongoing movement to boycott Israel.
It's possible that no matter who wins, both Cuomo and Nixon could appear on the November ballot anyway, thanks to third-party nominations.
The race has turned increasingly bitter and expensive, as Cuomo has spent $18 million to Nixon's $1.6 million, according to state figures. "She was a fine actor, but not a great gubernatorial candidate", he said.
Earlier this campaign season, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ayanna Pressley both upset long-serving Democratic incumbent congressmen in nominating races in NY and MA, promising more vigorous liberal policies and highlighting their opposition to Republican President Donald Trump. Meanwhile, corruption in Albany and voters' frustration with it have not subsided. Leecia Eve, a former Cuomo aide, was in fourth.
The breakaway group of lawmakers, now disbanded, often allied with Republicans to cement GOP control of the state Senate in return for pay bumps, office perks and extra money for their districts.
Michael Valdes told CBS2's Jenna DeAngelis he was voting for Nixon because he's backing her progressive values. She could have brought up his failure to address gerrymandering, an issue that Cuomo ran on in 2010.
The Cuomo campaign released a statement largely confirming The Post's reporting on the issue - while claiming Schwartz somehow missed the "negative section" of the mailer before giving the green light to distribute it. "But for the most part the governor has done what he needs to do in this race". The question remains whether that wave will be enough to carry Nixon to victory.