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May 21, 2019

Cuomo spent a hefty $26 million on his Democratic primary win against Nixon

September 25, 2018
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks to reporters during a news conference, Friday, Sept. 14, 2018, in New York. After a night of unusual silence, Cuomo made his first public remarks following his victory in Thursday’s Democratic primary, appearing at his office in Manhattan. (Mary Altaffer / AP)

ALBANY — Gov. Cuomo outspent Democratic primary foe Cynthia Nixon nearly 10 to 1, the latest financial disclosure records show.

In easily defeating Nixon in the primary by a 64 percent to 34% margin, Cuomo spent more than $26 million on the primary while Nixon spent around $2.6 million.

Cuomo wound up spending about $27 per vote. He received 964,883 votes to Nixon’s 508,125.

In the waning days of the campaign, Cuomo spent $5 million — much of it on ads that plastered the airways as well $2.4 million that was transferred to the state Democratic party he controls. The party paid for a controversial mailer that suggested that Nixon was silent on anti-Semitism.

Nixon did not have the money to counter, having spent just $623,000 in the campaign’s final days. She could not afford a statewide television ad campaign, focusing instead on digital ads.

In 2014, when little known Fordham Law professor Zephyr Teachout challenged him in the Democratic primary, Cuomo spent far less money — $18.1 million.

“Cuomo spent $10 million more this year than in 2014 for the same exact result,” said one insider.

Cuomo’s campaign account, which in mid-July boasted $31 million, is now down to $11.6 million ahead of the Nov. 6 general election against Republican Marc Molinaro, who in July reported having just $887,239 on hand.

By contrast, Cuomo had $25.8 million heading into the 2014 general election against Republican Rob Astorino.

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