It’s the Year of Women for Democrats, Is Cynthia Nixon Next?
BY EMILY KARANDY
She may not be a Harvard Law graduate like her former character in Sex and the City, but Cynthia Nixon has made a name for herself in the world of politics.
On Thursday, New Yorkers across the state will head to the polls to vote in one of the most anticipated elections of the year. A win for Nixon means yet another win for female politicians in the primaries as female Democrats dominate primary elections across America. According to FiveThirtyEight, 46 percent of female candidates have run for office and won. 28-year-old New York native Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez finds herself among that 46 percent after defeating incumbent Congressman Joe Crowley in one of the biggest political upsets of the year. Crowley has been in office since 1999, first serving as a representative for NY's 7th District, then NY's 14th District from 2013 forward. While Ocasio-Cortez's win spurs hope for Nixon, many New Yorkers find it hard to imagine a New York without the Cuomo's.
Although she rides the subway, supports the legalization and decriminalization of marijuana, as well as Medicare for All, are these factors enough to win over New Yorkers? While the most recent polls show Nixon trails Cuomo, who has held his position as Governor of New York since 2011, if we have learned anything from this election cycle, it's that no incumbent is safe. Whether Nixon loses or not, her campaign has delivered a clear statement for Democrats on Capitol Hill that we must embrace progressive ideals. Nixon created what many have now dubbed the "Cynthia Effect:" her progressive ideals and proposals prompted her opponent, Governor Cuomo, to move more to left than he has in any other election cycle.
While the Cuomo campaign denies the threat of Nixon come Thursday, the campaign has spent $400,000 per day in the past three weeks, and Nixon hasn't been shy about putting up a fight. As she traveled through six cities this past weekend, supporters of all ages, shapes, and sizes cheered as she yelled, "I love all of New York, and I know you do to. That's why I'm here asking you to fight. But before we fight, we must dance."
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