Updated: The gubernatorial endorsement race is on

Andrew Cuomo and Cynthia Nixon
Andrew Cuomo and Cynthia Nixon
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Andrew Cuomo and Cynthia Nixon.

Updated: The gubernatorial endorsement race is on

A guide to Cynthia Nixon's and Andrew Cuomo's endorsements.
May 2, 2018

In a major win for Cynthia Nixon, the actress-turned-gubernatorial-candidate picked up a blockbuster endorsement from the Working Families Party ahead of their May nominating convention. The decision has shaken up the race. Labor unions that back incumbent Andrew Cuomo left the WFP in retaliation, creating a rift between labor and the progressive party they had helped to found. And Nixon’s support from the small-but-influential WFP could potentially split the Democratic vote if she loses the primary and runs on the WFP ballot in the general election.

Since then, Nixon picked up her first endorsement from an elected official, on April 30, from New York City Councilman Carlos Menchaca, the city’s first Mexican-American councilman. Menchaca’s backing was seen as a breakthrough for Nixon among both Democratic officials and Latino leaders. Many other prominent Hispanic lawmakers are notably backing Cuomo, having announced their support at the Somos El Futuro conference in Albany.

Cuomo also added a new prominent lawmaker to his list of supporters, this time being House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. Pelosi was in New York to join the governor as he signed a bill to take guns away from convicted domestic abusers.

Of course, one endorsement does not make or break an election. Cuomo still leads Nixon by wide margins in three recent polls, although Cuomo’s lead dwindles slightly with each new poll. Cuomo also has gathered far more endorsements, although Nixon has begun to close the gap slightly there as well. While Nixon has the endorsements of the WFP and some other key activist groups, Cuomo has the backing of several major unions. He was also endorsed by the National Organization for Women – New York before Nixon officially entered the race. NOW-NY President Sonia Ossorio has since stood by her support of the governor, expressing disappointment in Nixon’s campaign and suggesting Nixon should have instead run for mayor.

Below is a list of who has endorsed each Democratic primary candidate, which will continuously update as the September 13th primary nears.

Andrew CuomoCynthia Nixon
House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNYC Councilman Carlos Menchaca
US Sen. Kirsten GillibrandWorking Families Party

Rep. Nydia Velazquez

Make the Road Action
Rep. Jose SerranoNew York Communities for Change
Assemblyman Marcos CrespoDemocracy for America
1199SEIUCitizen Action New York
Bronx Borough President Rubén Díaz Jr. 
UFCW Local 1500 
National Organization for Women – New York  
Rebecca C. Lewis
is an editorial assistant at City & State.