Gubernatorial Race: Working Families Party Backs Nixon; Also taps Williams for Lt. Gov

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The progressive insurgents--Nixon and Williams

Cynthia Nixon, the former television star turned progressive politician has been endorsed by the Working Families Party over incumbent Andrew Cuomo in the race for governor of New York.

The party has also endorsed New York City council member Jumaane Williams in the lieutenant governor race over incumbent Kathy Hochul.

An NBC/Marist poll has Nixon trailing Cuomo 21 points to 68; 11% are undecided.

The endorsement means that Nixon can still be on the ballot for the election even if she loses the September 13 primary to Cuomo, a fellow Democrat. The WFP had endorsed Cuomo in 2014 and 2010.

Nixon, after the endorsement Saturday, said: "I am honored to receive the endorsement of the Working Families Party and inspired by the enthusiasm of progressive working-class members of the party."

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