Posts tagged with "Democratic"

Stacey Abrams wins big in Georgia

May 24, 2018

While the polls in Georgia officially closed at 7 p.m. on May 22, the window of opportunity for Democrat Stacey Abrams—the first black woman to win a gubernatorial nomination for any major party in that state—opened up, The Root reported.

With only 34% of the vote in that early in the evening, “everybody from the Atlanta Journal Constitution to CNN to Stevie Wonder” could see that Stacey Abrams’ 75% to 25% lead over fellow Democrat Stacey Evans wouldn’t disappear with a few more counties left to check in, The Root said.

The landslide had not been predicted. Back on April 19, when the Atlanta Journal-Constitution/Channel 2 Action News released their latest polling numbers, more than half (52%) of likely Georgia Democratic voters still had not decided who would get their vote in next month’s primary election for governor. At that time, roughly one-third of likely Democratic voters said they backed Abrams; with Evans attracting about half of that, or 15% of the electorate.

According to The Root, Abrams’ victory not only puts Georgia on the map but heals an unnecessary and overblown wound in the Democratic Party, just in time for what might be a nation-changing, midterm election. Abrams secured the support of the two frontrunners in the last national Democratic primaries —Senator Bernie Sanders’ (I-Maine) and his Our Revolution advocates and former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton (D-New York).

However, the news outlet warned,”The work is only just beginning. There will a be tough race against either Georgia Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle or Secretary of State Brian Kemp [in November].”

Research contact: gbluestein@ajc.com

Cuomo leads Nixon by double digits heading toward NYS primaries

May 11, 2018

Fifty percent of registered New York State Democrats said they would back incumbent Governor Andrew Cuomo for a third term in Albany, while 28% said they would support actress and educational activist Cynthia Nixon, in a poll released on May 2 by Quinnipiac  University. The two will face each other in the primaries on September 13.

Cuomo first was voted into office in 2010, with 63% of the vote; in 2014, he was elected to a second term, with a 54% majority. His father, Mario. served as the 52nd governor of New York State from 1983 to 1994.

The race has become closer in recent weeks, as the Sex and the City cast member—a well-known mover and shaker in both New York political and LGBT circles—jokes “Vote for the Homo, Not Cuomo.” That’s a clear gibe against the current governor: When Ed Koch made his successful bid for New York City mayor against Mario Cuomo in 1977, posters appeared around the Big Apple with the slogan, “Vote for Cuomo, Not the Homo.”

Indeed, a mid-April Siena College poll found Cuomo leading Nixon by 31 points, 58% to 27%, among registered Democrats. Although Cuomo still holds a 22-point lead, that’s substantially down from his 47-point lead when she announced her run in mid-March.

In addition to education and  gay rights, Nixon is running on a platform that supports an improved MTA system in New York City, as well as substantial investments in lower-income housing and public schools.

Research contact: peter.brown@quinnipiac.edu