'Sex and the City' star Nixon to challenge Andrew Cuomo

Cuomo Now Has a Famous Challenger...And She Announces Candidacy at Perfect Time

Cuomo Now Has a Famous Challenger...And She Announces Candidacy at Perfect Time

More recently, she has been delving into issues of keen interest to New York City, the main blue stronghold in a state where suburban and rural towns upstate tend to run red.

She said NY is "now the most unequal state in the entire country" with "both incredible wealth and extreme poverty". The Tony, Grammy and Emmy award-winning actress has a long history of political activism in NY and her current goals include fighting poverty, mass incarceration and subway problems.

"Our leaders are letting us down", she continues.

"We are now the most unequal state in the entire country", Nixon says in the ad, "with both incredible wealth and extreme poverty".

When asked earlier this month about Nixon's apparent interest in challenging him, Gov. Cuomo cracked jokes about "Russian interference".

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However, "The contest will likely become one of the marquee Democratic primaries in the nation, as Ms. Nixon is widely expected to challenge Mr. Cuomo from the political left". She noted that for the past 17 years, she's been "fighting for better schools, better health care, and LGBTQ equality".

In the coming weeks, Nixon will travel across the state to hear from voters, according to an announcement from her campaign. It emphasizes her life as a New Yorker, showing her walking the streets and taking the subway.

Her message also echoes the outsider, progressive message other candidates have invoked this year. Cuomo is running for his third term in NY with a $30 million war chest at his disposal for the campaign.

Nixon is a public-school mother who has championed the need for more funding for education, said Billy Easton, executive director of the Alliance for Quality Education, a labor-backed group she has worked with.

"I've never lived anywhere else", Nixon says in the video.

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A recent Siena College Research Institute poll found that Cuomo is overwhelmingly favored by Democrats over Nixon by 66 to 19 percent. "I'm a proud public school graduate, and a prouder public school parent", she continued.

"Cynthia Nixon is far from a household name in NY", said Siena pollster Steven Greenberg.

Former Syracuse mayor Stephanie Miner, a Democrat who has clashed with Cuomo, also has been considering entering the race.

Since winning reelection in 2014, Cuomo has hewed a bit to the left.

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