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.