With 86 percent of precincts reporting, Cuomo claimed 65 percent of the vote compared to the 35 percent won by Nixon. The Associated Press called the race for Cuomo at 9:30 pm.
Another LGBT candidate who came up short was Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-N.Y.), who was running for the Democratic nomination to become New York attorney general. Had he succeeded, he would have been in a position to be the first openly gay person in that position.
New York City public advocate Letitia James ended up winning that race with a plurality of 41 percent of the vote. Progressive activist Zephyr Teachout came in second with 31 percent of the vote and Maloney came in third place with 25 percent.
Maloney, a three-term member of Congress, had already won the nomination to run again in New York’s 18th congressional district, so will remain on the ballot in that capacity in November.