Cuomo re-elected with help of big cities, Molinaro wins most Upstate NY counties

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WSYR-TV – Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo was re-elected for this third term, but he only won seven out of 62 counties north of New York City.

His support came primarily from the counties that are home to big cities: Onondaga, Monroe, Albany, Erie, Ulster and Tompkins Counties. 

Those counties include the cities of Syracuse, Rochester, Albany, Buffalo, and very liberal Ithaca. 

Cuomo also held onto a majority of downstate counties like Bronx, Suffolk, Nassau, Kings, Queens and New York Counties. 

However, in the bigger downstate counties, Cuomo won by just a small margin over Republican challenger Marc Molinaro.

In nearly all of counties that voted for Molinaro, the Republican won by a landslide– often with a 20 to 30 percent lead over Cuomo. 

With 99 percent of precincts reporting, Cuomo had about 3.4 million votes from New Yorkers, and Molinaro had 2.1 million.

Third-party candidates like Howie Hawkins, Larry Sharpe, and Stephanie Miner received about 93,000, 89,000 and 50,000 votes, respectively. 

According to the New York State Board of Elections, there are nearly 11.6 million active voters as of Nov. 1. 

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