New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday easily beat actor and activist Cynthia Nixon in the state's Democratic primary, ending one of the last progressive primary challenges for the party this election season. Cuomo, who is seeking re-election to a third term, had 65 percent of the vote to Nixon's 35 percent with 85 percent of the districts reporting. He'll face Republican nominee Marc Molinaro in November's general election. Liberal insurgents did claim some down-ballot victories by beating six of eight Democratic state senators who had belonged to the Independent Democratic Caucus, a now-defunct group of Democrats who caucused with Republicans.
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