Cuomo cruises past Nixon in NY gubernatorial primary

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks as he marks his primary election ballot at the Presbyterian Church of Mount Kisco, in Mount Kisco, N.Y., Thursday, S

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks as he marks his primary election ballot at the Presbyterian Church of Mount Kisco, in Mount Kisco, N.Y., Thursday, S

Gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon delivers her concession speech at the Working Families Party primary night party, Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018, in N

Gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon delivers her concession speech at the Working Families Party primary night party, Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018, in N

FILE - In this combination of file photos, New York gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon, left, speaks during a Democratic primary debate in Hempstea

FILE - In this combination of file photos, New York gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon, left, speaks during a Democratic primary debate in Hempstea

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is accompanied by his girlfriend Sandra Lee as he talks to the press after casting his primary election ballot, at the Pres

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is accompanied by his girlfriend Sandra Lee as he talks to the press after casting his primary election ballot, at the Pres

Gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon arrives to deliver her concession speech at the Working Families Party primary night party,Thursday, Sept. 13, 2

Gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon arrives to deliver her concession speech at the Working Families Party primary night party,Thursday, Sept. 13, 2

New York gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon leaves a polling station after voting in the primary, Thursday Sept. 13, 2018, in New York. Democrats a

New York gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon leaves a polling station after voting in the primary, Thursday Sept. 13, 2018, in New York. Democrats a

New York gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon, right, poses for a selfie with a supporter in Union Square before voting in the primary, Thursday, Sep

New York gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon, right, poses for a selfie with a supporter in Union Square before voting in the primary, Thursday, Sep

New York gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon, center, speaks to members of the media outside a polling station after voting in the primary, Thursday

New York gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon, center, speaks to members of the media outside a polling station after voting in the primary, Thursday

NEW YORK (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has easily beaten back a primary challenge from activist and actress Cynthia Nixon. He thwarted her attempt to become the latest insurgent liberal to knock off an establishment Democrat.

Cuomo, who always led in the polls and outspent his rival more than 8 to 1, seldom mentioned Nixon by name during an often-nasty campaign, instead touting his experience, achievements in two terms as governor and his work to push back against President Donald Trump.

In his moment of victory Thursday night, Cuomo was oddly silent, skipping his own election-night party in Manhattan to celebrate with family at the governor's mansion in Albany. He put out a tweet that said simply "Thank You New York." His campaign declined to issue a statement.