The marquee race in New York's state primaries on Thursday is the Democratic gubernatorial contest between Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Cynthia Nixon, the Sex and the City actress and education activist who is challenging Cuomo from the left. Cuomo holds a commanding lead in the polls, but Nixon is hoping for an upset like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez scored against a 10-term congressman in New York's federal-office primaries in June. Whoever wins the primary will face Republican Marc Molinaro, the Duchess County executive who won his party's nod at a May convention. Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins and independent Stephanie Miner will also be on the November ballot. If Cuomo beats Nixon, he's favored to win a third term.
There's also a competitive Democratic race for state attorney general between Letitia James, Zephyr Teachout, Rep. Sean Maloney, and Leecia Eve; the winner will face Republican Keith Wofford. Wofford, James, and Eve are all African-American, Maloney is gay, and Teachout, James, and Eve are women — any of them will make history by being elected to the office. Polls show a tight Democratic race between Maloney, Lames, and Teachout.
Two state Senate races are also being watched closely, and not just because they're in Brooklyn. In one, lawyer Blake Morris is trying to win the Democratic nomination from rogue Democrat Simcha Felder, who will appear on the Republican, Conservative, and Independence party tickets even if he loses the Democratic primary. State Sen. Martin Malavé Dilan (D) is also facing a progressive primary challenge from community organizer Julia Salazar. You can read more about those races at Vox. Peter Weber