With just 55 days left, the dance cards are set for the general election. As expected, Attorney General Eliot Spitzer and Senator Hillary Clinton won their respectives primaries for governor and Senate. The NY Times noted that Clinton's reosounding win showed that her support of the Iraq war did not affect voter sentiment:
“Clinton’s work ethic, her lack of enemies, and her fund-raising help for other Democrats have insulated her from party criticism, including on Iraq,” said Ken Sherrill, a political scientist at Hunter College. “I got a taped phone call from Susan Sarandon urging support for Tasini, but that’s all I really heard about him.”
On the Republican side of the Senate race, former Yonkers mayor John Spencer won the nomination. Given the mess the Republican Senate nominees are in, it's safe to say Clinton has it in the bag. Next up for Spitzer, though, is facing a campaign from Republican John Faso, who Spitzer leads 67% to Faso's 21% in a Marist poll.
And in the most interesting state race, Andrew Cuomo beat Mark Green and Sean Patrick Maloney to run for Attorney General on the Democratic ticket. Green said he "will not seek office again" and even said, " I am not a very good politician." The NY Sun's Russell Berman suggests, "Mark Green was twice elected as the city's public advocate, but it may be Mr. Green's five failed bids for higher office that serve as his political legacy." Ouch. He may be a prime appointee for a state or federal position, some think. At any rate, Cuomo's big win is analyzed and he'll have to face Jeannine Pirro, who was asked to leave the Senate race earlier this year.
Photograph of Lieutenant Governor hopeful David Paterson with Governor hopeful Eliot Spitzer by Frank Franklin II/AP