The first season comes to an end with Thursday's elections in New York, battles between leaders of the Democratic Party in the state and an uprising that wants immediate action in the areas of immigration, housing and health care.
Without serious primary challenges on the Republican vote, most media attention has focused on the gubernatorial primary of the party, which Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo takes up against actor and activist Cynthia Nixon. The race started bitter and ended that way after the Democratic Party of the State – which Cuomo has supported – sent mail to voters who falsely accused Nixon of embracing anti-Semitism.
"The way I led this campaign was the issue, it was positive," Cuomo said on a press conference Sunday. "I think the mailer was a mistake, I think it was inappropriate. & # 39;
Nixon has also tried to carry out an issue-first campaign, arguing that a liberal state like New York has been ruled too long by & # 39; business democrats & # 39; who are too timid to accept donors. During the course, she has approved universal health care, free tuition, rent regulation and a public transport plan that would rebuild the forensic railway system.
"We have a leadership of the Democratic Party that is so much whiter, and so much older, and so much more valuable to the US business than the base," Nixon said during a weekend action in Manhattan. "This is a fight for the soul of the Democratic Party."
The winners of the Democratic Primary will face the Republican Marc Molinaro and Julie Killian in November.
Cuomo has dramatically outpaced Nixon and has invested at least $ 25 million in his campaign, and polls have shown that he leads her with 30 to 40 points. But from the beginning, Nixon has linked its campaign to other insurgents, who have a greater chance of defeating entrenched or well-funded candidates.
One of those candidates is Jumaane Williams, a member of the New York City Council, who is Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul challenges from the left. Williams, who would be the second black lieutenant governor of the state, attacked Hochul for conservative voices and statements she made while representing a republican leaning home seat, claiming that she made Cuomo's worst instincts possible.
"You can be an activist and a productively elected official," said Williams. & # 39; Most things that the governor gets an appreciation for when you take away the smoke and the mirrors are smaller than he said. & # 39;
While Williams is an underdog, the race for attorney general is considered wide open, and Nixon, Williams and liberal groups have come behind the anti-corruption, anti-monopoly candidacy of Zephyr Teachout.
The unique situation in her race – the Eric Schneiderman's resignation after women accused him of physical abuse created a short base season of four months – leading to a four-way crumb. Letitia James, the elected public advocate in New York, assured the support of the party and the support of Cuomo. Rep. Sean Maloney (D) and Verizon Vice President Leecia Eve jumped into the race, while Maloney transferred money from his congress campaign to run TV ads that put him in a draw with James.
But the perception that James was too close to Cuomo created an opening for Teachout, which ran unsuccessfully for the Governor and Congress in 2014. After a slow start, she attracted money and notes – including an approval by the New York Times is at the forefront and center in all its advertisements. Teachout, which & # 39; business money & # 39; has rejected and discussed how little used state laws can help her investigate Wall Street and the Trump administration, began to get the most attention in the race.
The other contenders reacted by carrying out the attack. In the last debates, Maloney and Eva – who have trouble breaking out of one grade – have attacked Teachout because they recently passed New York's bar and did not reject the "business" money in its 2016 run. Teaching has been retaliated by pointing to Maloney's report in the House, which included voting to reverse parts of the Affordable Care Act and Dodd-Frank banking laws.
The race could have an impact on the Democrats' attempts to win the House of Representatives. Maloney, one of only 12 Democrats representing districts won by Donald Trump in 2016, has to give up his home race when he becomes the nominee for the Attorney General. Although the Democrats would be able to choose a new candidate, a race that was considered unsuitable for Republicans in 2018 would become a possible pick-up. (Primaries for the House were held in June.)
The primaries of Thursday will also determine the fate of eight senators, elected as Democrats, who formed an "Independent Democratic Conference" that voted for Republican control over the Senate. All eight IDC members face challenges, even after dissolving the conference. Four members from New York – Tony Avella, Jose Peralta, Jesse Hamilton and Jeff Klein – are considered particularly vulnerable. The challengers in the last three races have been approved by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) And other powerful Democrats.
Two Democrats who were not in the IDC, Simcha Felder and Martin Dilan, are also faced with challengers. Felder has voted to keep Republicans in control of the State Senate to return funds to its majority-Jewish district; Dilan is challenged by Julia Salazar, a member of the Democratic Socialists of America, who received a glowing early report and was subsequently accused of accusations that she had been mistakenly portrayed as an immigrant from the working class.
Correction: an earlier version of this story said that inaccurately Jumaane Williams would be the first black lieutenant governor of the state if he wins the election. David Paterson was the first black lieutenant governor of New York; the story has been corrected.