Updated: Cuomo and Nixon are piling up endorsements

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

Updated: Cuomo and Nixon are piling up endorsements

A guide to who's gotten behind who.
June 28, 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 shook 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 has picked up two endorsements from elected officials. New York City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer threw his support behind her on June 28, while Councilman Carlos Menchaca endorsed her in May. Democratic congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez also cross-endorsed Nixon a day before the 28-year-old community organizer defeated 20-year incumbent Rep. Joseph Crowley in New York’s congressional primaries.

Cuomo also added a new prominent lawmaker to his list of supporters, this time being New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson. Cuomo also picked up the endorsement of the Civil Service Employees Association, the state’s largest union, which did not back the governor in his 2014 re-election race.

Of course, one endorsement does not make or break an election. Cuomo still leads Nixon by wide margins in polling. While Nixon has the endorsements of the WFP and some other key progressive groups, Cuomo has the backing of several major unions, as well as national establishment Democrats like Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton. 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.

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Andrew CuomoCynthia Nixon
Hillary ClintonNew York City Councilman Carlos Menchaca
Joe BidenNew York City Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer
House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiDemocratic congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
US Sen. Kirsten GillibrandNew York Attorney General candidate Zephyr Teachout
Rep. Nydia VelazquezFormer state Sen. Terry Gibson
Rep. Jose SerranoWorking Families Party
Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom PerezMake the Road Action
Lt. Gov. Kathy HochulNew York Communities for Change
Assemblyman Marcos CrespoDemocracy for America
Bronx Borough President Rubén Díaz Jr.Citizen Action New York
New York City Council Speaker Corey JohnsonNew York Communities for Change
1199SEIUNew York Progressive Action Network
UFCW Local 1500Our Revolution
32BJ SEIUCenter for Popular Democracy Action
RWDSU350 Action
CSEADaily Kos
New York State AFL-CIOThe Nation
National Organization for Women – New York 
New York State Democratic Committee 
Human Rights Campaign 
Rebecca C. Lewis
is an editorial assistant at City & State.