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    Cuomo defeats Cynthia Nixon in NY gubernatorial primary

    FILE - In this combination of file photos, New York gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon, left, speaks during a Democratic primary debate in Hempstead, N.Y., on Aug. 29, 2018, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks at a press conference in New York on July 18, 2018. Democratic primary voters in New York on Thursday, Sept. 13 will settle the primary battle between two-term Cuomo and liberal challenger Nixon. (J. Conrad Williams Jr./Newsday Pool, and Evan Agostini/Invision, File)
    J. Conrad Williams Jr./Newsday Pool, and Evan Agostini/Invision, File
    Then-New York gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon (left) and Governor Andrew Cuomo.

    NEW YORK (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has defeated Democratic primary challenger Cynthia Nixon to win his party’s nomination for a third term.

    Cuomo had far greater financial resources going into the matchup, and polls suggested he held a commanding lead before Thursday’s primary.

    Nixon, an activist and former ‘‘Sex and the City’’ star, had hoped to become the latest liberal challenger to unseat a powerful insider.

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    Cuomo’s campaign dismissed her as inexperienced and touted the governor’s work to push back against President Donald Trump.

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    His victory comes despite several missteps, including a widely condemned mailer that questioned Nixon’s support for Jewish people. Nixon has two Jewish children and called the attack ‘‘sleazy.’’

    Cuomo will face Republican Marc Molinaro and independent Stephanie Miner in November’s general election.