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Nixon got 0% of the black vote at the NYS Democratic convention


Cynthia Nixon (James Keivom/New York Daily News)

The following is an expanded version of the third item from my "Albany Insider" column from Monday's print editions:

Cynthia Nixon, who is challenging Gov. Cuomo from the left in the Democratic primary,  picked up less than 5% of the vote at last week's state party convention—none of which were from black delegates.

"That should open some eyes," said Charlie King, a Cuomo ally and former executive director of the state Democratic party.

Nixon has acknowledged in order to pull off an upset against Cuomo in the September primary, she must cut into his advantage in the black community.

Her people dismiss the convention vote, saying the event was tightly controlled by Cuomo. They note Nixon was nominated at the convention by two black women.

One, Zakiyah Ansari, of the Alliance for Quality Education, accused Cuomo of having "ignored the stories of inequitable education that black, brown and low-income parents, families and communities from across this state have shared year after year. By dismissing our stories, he has disrespected us."