There were some interesting trends from Election Night. Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo crushed challenger Cynthia Nixon by nearly 65 percent to about 34 percent. However, Nixon did better than I thought upstate. She did win 13 out of 62 counties compared with 49 for Cuomo.
In the Capital Region, she beat Cuomo in Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Rensselaer, Montgomery, Albany, Fulton and Washington counties. Gov. Andrew Cuomo edged out Nixon 51 percent to 48 percent in Warren County, according to unofficial results.
Nixon also won in Columbia, Greene, Lewis, Otsego and Tompkins counties.
However, Cuomo dominated her in New York City and surrounding counties, for example winning in the Bronx by 82 percent to 17 percent.
I thought she would be strong in New York City because of her activism and downstate is more liberal than upstate.
Among the reasons why I think Nixon did well upstate is there is still a lot of animosity among public sector workers over Cuomo’s property tax cap because of its impact on restraining the growth of municipal and school budgets. Schools are a large employer in our region and districts have consistently complained that they have been underfunded under Cuomo. His relationship with teachers deteriorated further with the implementation of the Common Core and his aggressive push for a teacher evaluation system. It reached a fever pitch when state test scores were being used to evaluate teachers and Cuomo suggested weighting as much as half of the evaluation on test scores.
Cuomo has since backed off on those proposals.
Nixon made education the centerpiece of her campaign and proposed getting rid of the property tax cap in its current form.