Read our recap of Thursday’s primary results.
The New York state primary election has garnered an unusual amount of national interest this year, thanks, in part, to the biggest race: Democratic governor Andrew Cuomo faces a challenge from actor and activist Cynthia Nixon, who has positioned herself as a more progressive alternative to the incumbent on issues like education, prison reform, and housing.
Nixon is part of a growing crop of progressive candidates who have used their distance from Albany, and from the special interests—including New York’s powerful real estate industry—that have an undue influence over state politics as a selling point.
Another big issue in this primary has been the IDC challengers: Every single Democratic senator who was once associated with the Independent Democratic Conference—a group of Democrats who once caucused with Republicans, effectively giving the latter control of New York’s state Senate—is up for re-election, and progressive candidates are now seeking to unseat them in their districts.
Update, 10:59 p.m.: The lieutenant governor’s race has been called for Kathy Hochul by NY1 and the New York Times.
Update, 10:36 p.m.: Cynthia Nixon has conceded the governor’s race to Gov. Andrew Cuomo. “I’m so proud of what we’ve done, and I’m so proud to have run on a slate with two amazing, progressive leaders,” she said during her concession speech.
Update, 10:33 p.m.: The attorney general’s race has been called for New York City public advocate Letitia James, who defeated three other candidates in the race.
Update, 10:27 p.m.: Jeff Klein, the Bronx state Senator who orchestrated the IDC movement, has been defeated by Alessandra Biaggi, according to NY1.
Update, 10:14 p.m.: Several state Senate races have been called for IDC challenger candidates: Zellnor Myrie defeated Jesse Hamilton in Brooklyn; Jessica Ramos defeated Jose Peralta in Queens; Robert Jackson beat Marisol Alcantara in Manhattan; and other races are close.
The New York Times has called the 18th district race for upstart Julia Salazar, who defeated incumbent Martin Dilan.
Update, 10 p.m.: With nearly 50 percent of precincts reporting, Andrew Cuomo has won the governor’s race; he currently holds a significant lead over challenger Cynthia Nixon.
Kathy Hochul: 50.9 percent
Jumaane Williams: 49.1 percent
With more votes being counted, IDC challengers are now giving incumbents a run for their money: Alessandra Biaggi is leading Jeff Klein, and so on.
(For up-to-the-minute updates, the New York Times has its tracker going.)