ALBANY — Governor Andrew Cuomo overcame a primary challenge from activist and actress Cynthia Nixon on Thursday, thwarting her attempt to become the latest insurgent liberal to knock off an establishment Democrat.
Cuomo, who always led in the polls and outspent his rival more than 8 to 1, seldom mentioned Nixon by name during an often nasty campaign, instead touting his experience, achievements as governor, and his work to push back against President Donald Trump.
‘‘You cannot be a progressive if you cannot deliver progress,” Cuomo said at a rally the night before the vote. “And a New York progressive is not just a dreamer, but we are doers. We make things happen.’’
With registered Democrats outnumbering Republicans more than 2 to 1 in New York, Cuomo becomes the automatic front-runner in the November election against Republican Marc Molinaro and independent candidate Stephanie Miner.