"It is apples and oranges, and to disclose an off the record exchange that had been agreed to by the New York Post is a violation of journalistic ethics", Collins added.
"Those were huge exceptions to the rule and to beat an incumbent in his own primary, you really have to draw an inside straight", Patrick Egan, a politics professor at New York University, said in an interview, referring to a lucky hand in poker.
Mr. Cuomo held a massive 41-point lead over Ms. Nixon in a Siena College poll released this week. For example, if a person wanted to switch parties to be able to vote in Thursday's primaries, they needed to register by October 13, 2017, nearly a full year before the actual election.
Nixon also found herself on the hot seat over a recent bagel order at Zabar's.
Nixon has hit Cuomo hard on the subway, attacking him for his deals with Republicans and for taking donations from Trump in the past, claiming that she represents a grass-roots call for change. NY also does not have early voting. Amy Schumer said she planned to vote for Cuomo, but ultimately said she went with Nixon.
As for Nixon, honestly, she probably has a pretty advanced palate, so I trust her judgement.
Polls leading up to the election showed Cuomo with a commanding lead, which never dropped below 22% in any public surveys throughout the race.
Thus far, Nixon has not taken full advantage of the opportunities she has had to point out the discrepancies between them, according to Dawidziak. Though she's always been an activist for her favored causes of education and same-sex marriage, running for office is new to her. The New York Times reported that the Cuomo administration offered incentives for the contractor to finish the job before the primary, and Cuomo's insistence that the state does not control the Tappan Zee contrasts with his self-presentation as an effective and engaged manager.
Nixon, an actor and activist known for her role on Sex and the City, sought to join the wave of insurgent progressives who have pulled off upsets in Democratic races, but in the end came up short. Nixon's campaign was quick to note Thursday that the governor shelled out upwards of $16 million since July while, conversely, Nixon was mostly backed by small donors.
Just as polls closed at 9 p.m., Nixon's campaign sent out an email lowering expectations for her performance and raising them for Cuomo.