New York Governor Voting Guide

The race for governor of New York is a crowded field, even after the primary season. Gov. Andrew Cuomo is seeking another four years in Albany, but faces challenges from across the political spectrum.

After defeating Cynthia Nixon handily in the September primary, Cuomo faces a Republican challenger in Marc Molinaro, plus independent Stephanie Miner, Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins and Libertarian candidate Larry Sharpe.

The governor's record on ethics-related issues has been a common attack lodged by his challengers. 

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo seeks to become the first Democrat elected to a third term as new York's governor since his father Mario Cuomo earned his third and final term in 1990. Cuomo kicked off 2018 with a 62 percent favorability rating, according to a Siena College poll.

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Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro entered the race officially in April and won the Republican nomination a month later. The Republican has said he would only serve a maximum of two four-year terms, if elected.

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Stephanie Miner, the former Syracuse mayor, announced she will challenge Andrew Cuomo as an independent. Miner publicly broke with the governor as state Democratic Committee co-chair to criticize his local government policies.

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Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins is running for New York governor for a third time. Hawkins ran against Andrew Cuomo in 2010 and 2014, receiving 5 percent of the vote in the latter. Hawkins is from Syracuse.

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Libertarian candidate Larry Sharpe announced his campaign last summer. Sharpe, a businessman, narrowly lost the nod to William Weld for the vice presidential slot on the party's 2016 ticket.

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