Primary Day: What you need to know

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The strength of public polling, the appeal of celebrity and the power of incumbency will be on the line Thursday in NY where Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo faces off against a Hollywood actress who has hammered away at the two-term Democratic governor's liberal credentials. Along with fellow rapper Despot, El-P is an investor in the well-reviewed New York Jewish deli Frankel's, which is helmed by a sibling duo that includes Alex Frankel of the DFA act Holy Ghost!.

The "Trainwreck" star revealed on Instagram that she is voting for Gov. Andrew Cuomo in Thursday's primary election in NY. "I would love people's support, but whoever you vote for, it's important that you vote", said Cuomo.

And in July, Mr. Cuomo was dragged into ugly headlines after the architect of his six-year-old plan to revitalize upstate NY - dubbed "Buffalo Billion" - was convicted in a bid-rigging scheme involving state contracts worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

Cuomo is widely expected to win the Democratic gubernatorial primary, having received endorsements from The New York Times and the New York Daily News.

"She's taking responsibility, for one, right?" Cuomo denied knowledge of the mailer, but the New York Post reported that one of Cuomo's closest advisers was the one who approved it - calling his denial into question. A former top aide was found guilty in March of felony corruption charges, including for soliciting more than $300,000 in bribes from a couple of companies doing state business. "Sometimes primary voting is all about sending a message", Cunningham added. Cuomo came into office eight years ago promising to reform the state government.

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Thursday is a big day for New York State. Cuomo's inability to win voters over on the issue - and only a slight 2-point lead on "advancing progressive issues" - are the only two areas where the poll shows Cuomo looking vulnerable.

"We have a Democratic Party leadership that is so much whiter, and so much older, and so much more beholden to corporate America than its base", Nixon said at a weekend fundraiser in Manhattan. "We have said all along that the mailer was inappropriate and a mistake and have worked with the state party to change the approval process going forward to ensure this never happens again".

Cuomo's advocacy for same-sex marriage, gun control and other progressive causes might bolster him against Nixon.

But that does not mean that a 41-point lead is enough to give Cuomo the victory that he wants.

But the perception that James was too close to Cuomo created an opening for Teachout, who ran unsuccessfully for governor in 2014 and for Congress in 2016.

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