NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – History was made and there was a record turnout for the New York Democratic Primary on Thursday.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo defeated actress Cynthia Nixon with 66 percent of the vote to win his party’s nomination for a third term.
“He took nothing for granted in this race, and when others were underestimating us, he did not and he spent accordingly,” Nixon said after conceding the race. “I’m so proud of what we’ve done.”
Cuomo did not speak publicly after the win, but his campaign chair spoke on his behalf.
“It’s a great night for the governor but it’s also a great night for Democrats,” said Bill Mulrow.
New York City public advocate Letitia “Tish” James had a historic win in the race for attorney general, becoming the first black woman to win a major party statewide nomination in New York.
“I’m going to continue to be the people’s lawyer,” she said.
In the race for lieutenant governor, incumbent Kathy Hochul pulled off a win against New York City Councilman Jumaane Williams, beating him by six points.
“I thank you all. I so appreciate each and every volunteer, staffer and voter,” Williams tweeted in part.
Alessandra Biaggi, a 32-year-old lawyer and former Cuomo aide, beat 58-year-old Jeffrey Klein for the district that covers part of the Bronx and Westchester.
Voter turnout was double what it was four years ago, CBS2’s Janelle Burrell reported.
Now with the general election in November, one key question is whether Nixon will stay in the race as the candidate for the Working Families party.
Uncontested Republican gubernatorial nominee Mark Molinaro says last night’s primary proves the state government is broken. He slammed Cuomo for watching the results come in from the privacy of his home in Albany.
“Last night’s victory affirmed, as he celebrated from a mansion atop a hill, that there are two New Yorks… there are those who raise money with abandon. Those who use the power of government to benefit themselves,” Molinaro charged.
There were some notable upsets Thursday as five other senators were ousted in primary races. The group of New York Democrats were part of a block of legislatures who typically work together with New York Republicans to get Gov. Cuomo’s agendas passed.