Does Cynthia Nixon Have a Real Shot at the NY Governor's Seat?

March 21, 2018
Updated 7mo ago

Actress Cynthia Nixon may stand a chance in her bid to be the Democratic nominee for New York Governor if she positions herself to the left of rival Andrew Cuomo.

That’s according to Erin Delmore, Senior Political Correspondent at Bustle.

She is one of the only people who can credibly come in and get all this fundraising and leverage all of her connections and beat a two-term incumbent with a family legacy in New York politics,” explained Delmore.

Nixon is doing that by “staking out the more progressive, more Democratic side of the ticket,” focusing on issues that New Yorkers feel “very strongly” about, such as the subway and the public schools system. Plus, her star power will only give her a wider appeal.

Nixon, known for her role as Miranda Hobbes on HBO’s “Sex and the City,” announced her candidacy for the primary on Monday, taking on fellow Democrat Andrew Cuomo, who’s been in office since 2011. If she were to win, she would become New York’s first female and first openly gay governor.

However, her celebrity status could be a drag on her campaign. New York may be reluctant to throw its weight behind another celebrity in the era of President Trump. And whether her star shines quite so bright outside the city remains to be seen.

Additionally, Nixon’s lack of experience would run up against Cuomo’s strong track record with Democrats in the state, having implemented a minimum wage increase and paid family leave.