New York Democratic gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon speaks at OZY Fest in Central Park on Saturday, July 21, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
When the votes were counted, it wasn’t even close. Leftist darling Cynthia Nixon showed that most New Yorkers might like progressive politics and handouts but they aren’t interested in going full-blown Venezuela. She lost by 66-34 to incumbent Andrew Cuomo in New York’s mayoral primary. There was a lot of schadenfreude available in the pro-Nixon hot takes that followed:
Just as the polls closed, Cynthia Nixon's campaign sent out a memo lowering expectations saying that if Cuomo didn't win by a 41% margin, it "would be a major embarrassment and significant under-performance for the two-term incumbent" https://t.co/f1XdQPgyIM
— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) September 14, 2018
— Slate (@Slate) September 14, 2018
In one now-deleted tweet by an account called “LBGT Activism” we learned that Nixon didn’t lose, per se, she just wasn’t “picked as much.”
The most hilarious take came from Nixon herself:
NY GOV: Cynthia Nixon's campaign is not happy that so many voters turned out to vote. In other states, Dems have a problem with this kind of argument. pic.twitter.com/mlnKfbI3PA
— Reid Wilson (@PoliticsReid) September 14, 2018
She actually blamed high turnout for her loss. And she’s not wrong. The other socialists who have slipped through the net have done so in races where a lazy and entrenched incumbent was surprised in the primary. To a great extent, Nixon was trying to replicate this on a statewide basis. She ran a celebrity, not a policy, campaign and relied on Cuomo dismissing her. It didn’t work that way.
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