Wednesday, November 03, 2010
Cuomo Beats Paladino in New York Governor’s Race - NYTimes.com
Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo, completing a painstakingly plotted comeback from political ruin nearly a decade ago, won a resounding victory on Tuesday in the race for governor of New York, easily beating his Republican rival, Carl P. Paladino.
Mr. Cuomo, a Democrat, triumphed with the help of independent voters, suburbanites and city dwellers from all corners of the state, a broad sweep that stood out as his party suffered setbacks in Congress and other statehouse races around the country.
The rise of Mr. Cuomo, 52, fulfills the restoration of a political dynasty and marks the first time a son of a New York governor has been elected to that office. Mario M. Cuomo was elected in 1982 and served three terms.
“The people of the state of New York want a government that they can trust, a government that they can be proud of once again, the government that they deserve — and they are going to get it,” Mr. Cuomo told a cheering crowd at a Midtown Manhattan hotel.
Mr. Cuomo’s campaign was aided by the virtual implosion of Mr. Paladino, a Buffalo real estate developer whose blunt manner and fiery rhetoric thrilled some disaffected voters, but ultimately thrust him into so many controversies that it forced him off his message of major tax and spending cuts.
Mr. Cuomo rolled up impressive tallies not only in Democratic strongholds like New York City, where early exit polls showed him collecting 8 in 10 votes, but also in the counties surrounding the city. Even upstate, he either outpolled or ran even with Mr. Paladino.
Mr. Cuomo’s margin was especially lopsided among women and African-Americans, suggesting that some of Mr. Paladino’s more incendiary behavior, like forwarding racially tinged and pornographic e-mails, had alienated those groups. Over all, Mr. Cuomo won by more than 20 points.
Mr. Cuomo drew support from more than 90 percent of blacks, according to the exit polling, conducted by Edison Research for the National Election Pool. He attracted the votes of two-thirds of women, 9 in 10 liberals and 7 in 10 moderates. White men were closely divided; Mr. Paladino ran best among less-educated whites and conservatives, who backed him three to one.