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Cuomo wins primary against Nixon 

Governor Andrew Cuomo hasn't gotten a lot of good press in the last week or two. His campaign was directly implicated in a Democratic Party mailer meant to smear his primary opponent, Cynthia Nixon. And he faced questions about whether he rushed the opening of new span of the Tappan Zee Bridge downstate to generate some positive press ahead of the election; the new bridge span had to be closed after engineers warned an old section of the bridge was at risk of collapsing, putting the new bridge at risk.

And that follows a year where key figures in his Buffalo Billion initiative — including  a former aide close to the governor — were convicted of various corruption-related charges.

But Cuomo beat Nixon by a longshot, pulling in approximately 64 percent of the votes. In a preemptive  e-mail memo, the Nixon camp pointed out that Cuomo spent more against Nixon than he did his last primary opponent, Zephyr Teachout; that the last-minute mailer wrongly characterizing Nixon as anti-Semitic cost her votes; and saying that state poll hours and voting restrictions suppressed turnout.

Cuomo pulled in approximately 60 percent of the vote in Monroe County, not including absentee and affidavit ballots. He'll face Nixon again in the general election, since she has the Working Families Party line. He'll also face Republican Marc Molinaro, Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins, and Serve America Movement candidate Stephanie Miner.

The lieutenant governor's race, on the other hand, was close. Incumbent LG Kathy Hochul prevailed over her challenger, New York City Council member Jumaane Williams, who will still have the Working Families Party line on the November general election ballot. Hochul got  around 48 percent of the votes statewide, while Williams pulled in 42 percent. Hochul carried Monroe County with approximately 66 percent of the vote.

In perhaps the most competitive local primary, the Democratic contest for the 136th Assembly District, Jamie Romeo had a decisive win. She got approximately 62 percent of the vote while Jaclyn Richard pulled in around 26 percent and Todd Grady received roughly 12 percent.

Romeo, the Monroe County Democratic Committee chair who worked as chief of staff for former State Senator Ted O'Brien, had the party's designation. There is no Republican candidate or other challenger in the general.

Longtime Assembly member David Gantt prevailed against challenger Ann Lewis. He received 58 percent of the vote.

There'll be a change on the Rochester school board, come January. Three Democrats were running for two seats in their party's primary: two incumbents, Melanie Funchess and Beatriz LeBron, who were appointed last January to two board members who left mid-term, and longtime activist Judith Davis, an intellectual property specialist at Bausch + Lomb.  Unofficial returns showed LeBron leading, with 36.73 percent of the vote; Davis coming in second with 32.49 percent, and Funchess third, with 30.57 percent, with votes from only one district not yet counted.

Davis and LeBron will serve for a year but will have to run again in November 2019 for a full term.

In other races:
  • New York City Public Advocate Tish James was the top vote-getter in the four-way Democratic primary for attorney general.  Fordham law school professor Zephyr Teachout came in second,  House Representative Sean Patrick Maloney was third, and Leecia Eve, a Verizon executive and a former Cuomo economic development adviser was last. Maloney won Monroe County with 44 percent of the vote.
  • Michael Lopez prevailed in a City Court primary against Gil Perez. Lopez received 68 percent of votes at the polls, while Perez received 32 percent.

This is a developing story which will be updated throughout the evening.

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