New York Governor Andrew Cuomo won his reelection bid Tuesday after defeating Republican opponent and Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino. Though Astorino won 46 of New York’s 62 counties, Cuomo won the election with 54 percent of the vote. Astorino won almost all of upstate New York, only losing in Erie, Onandaga, Tompkins, Broome, Albany, Essex, Clinton, Franklin, Rockland, and Westchester Counties. The votes carried in those counties as well as New York City, Nassau, and Suffolk counties were enough for Governor Cuomo to win.
Cuomo wanted to break his father’s vote percentage from the first time he ran for reelection in New York. Though he will remain governor, Cuomo did not pass former governor Mario Cuomo. Twitter user Robert Embree tweeted, “Andrew Cuomo hoped to beat his father’s 1986 margin of 33 points in the NY Gov’s race, but instead only leads by 14 points, less than he had in 2010.” There were one million more Cuomo supporters during his first campaign in 2010 than turned out to vote this year, and he did not win in the landslide that his father did in 1986.
Astorino showed his appreciation for all of the New Yorkers who voted for him on Wednesday afternoon, tweeting, “A million thanks for all your support. We won 46 of 62 counties yesterday, but sadly fell short on vote. Please stay in touch!” Astorino’s supporters shared their thoughts on his social media as well. One of many Facebook commenters, Adam Miller said “I hope this isn’t the only time we see your name on the ballot!”
Cuomo supporters celebrated the current governor’s victory, also sharing their thoughts on different social media sites. Instagram user Leonardo Vega posted a picture he had taken a few days prior to the election with Cuomo, and captioned it “Selfie with #governorCuomo.” A comment from Carter McCallister on Governor Cuomo’s thank you message on Facebook said “Congratulations! #TeamCuomo.”