Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Matthew Castillo

Amy Schumer flips on Cynthia Nixon, will vote for Andrew Cuomo

Amy Schumer flips on Cynthia Nixon, will vote for Andrew Cuomo

First of all, I urge everybody to vote.

Outside Wadleigh High School in Harlem, four out of five voters who stopped to speak to AFP said they voted for Nixon.

A recent debate on CBS2 proved they don't agree on much - fighting over everything from subways, to corruption and health care.

The nominating contest is the latest test for candidates from the party's energized left wing as Democrats seek to regain control of the U.S. Congress and bolster their ranks in state governments across the country in November 6 elections.

Veteran political operative Bob Shrum remembers a time when the polls showed an incumbent well ahead before a NY primary, but the challenger's more enthusiastic support swayed the outcome. The Times, which endorsed Cuomo, called the mailer "a disgrace", and Randi Weingarten, a Cuomo supporter whose wife is the rabbi at a synagogue that Nixon attends, said the notion that Nixon is anti-Semitic is a "baseless lie", New York Magazine reported. "He needs to say not only is this inappropriate, he needs to say that it's completely untrue".

"The fact that he seems to be in hiding the day before the election - yeah, I think he's running scared", Nixon said in the Bronx.

"Just looking for change".

"It is hard to go up against the Cuomo machine and it takes an enormous amount of bravery, but we are exhausted of the status Cuomo", she added.

She's called the incumbent a bully and said she represents a wave of liberals eager to take a greater role in American politics. "The governor holds a lot more responsibility over the trains than he wants to admit", said Morgan Hargrove. "There needs to be a really strong front", he said.

If Nixon can muster a higher turnout on her behalf compared to Cuomo, then she might be able to exceed expectations.

Even New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's son, Dante, was not on the rolls when he arrived at his polling place.

The victor takes on Republican Marc Molinaro in November.

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.

Mr. Maloney is seeking to become the state's first gay attorney general, while Ms. James and Ms. Eve are running to become the first black woman elected to statewide office in NY.

Fordham law professor Zephyr Teachout, New York City Public Advocate Letitia James, U.S. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney and former Hillary Clinton adviser Leecia Eve have all vowed to be a legal thorn in the Republican president's side. The New York Attorney General's office found in 2016 that the city's board of elections had illegally taken about 200,000 names in 2014 and 2015 from voter rolls.

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