Daily Kos backs Cynthia Nixon over Cuomo in NY

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That's according to a new Quinnipiac University poll, released Wednesday.

Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo maintains a wide lead over challenger Cynthia Nixon, six weeks after Nixon announced she was challenging the two-time incumbent.

The poll found Cuomo has a 22 point lead among registered Democratic voters (Cuomo 50 percent, Nixon 28 percent).

Among Democratic women voters, 49 percent back Cuomo compared to 24 percent for the former "Sex and the City" co-star, with 27 percent undecided.

"Daily Kos is thrilled to support Cynthia Nixon as she takes on New York's greatest obstacle to progressive policies and good government", David Nir, the political director for Daily Kos, said in a statement. "Only half the electorate knows her". If Nixon is on the November ballot as the WFP candidate in the general election in November, the governor's support drops to 40 percent, with 23 percent for Molinaro and 20 percent for Nixon.

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"This is fantastic news for our campaign, and a true testament to the power of our grass roots movement", the campaign stated in an email to supporters, warning that Cuomo's campaign will soon retaliate. The coalition of labor unions, a number of which left the party in protest of its decision, and progressive activist groups broke its alliance with Cuomo and chose to endorse Nixon. The governor persuaded building workers union 32BJ SEIU and the Communication Workers of America to withdraw from the Working Families Party, a liberal third party, rather than have to compete with Nixon for the organization's endorsement.

In any case, the Quinnipiac survey suggests this isn't cause for concern yet.

Against Marc Molinaro, the likely Republican Party nominee, Cuomo leads 57-26 percent.

The Democratic primary for governor is in September. The poll conducts nationwide public opinion surveys, and statewide polls in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio, Virginia, Iowa, Colorado and Texas as a public service and for research.

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