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Activist party backs Cynthia Nixon in NY governor's race

The progressive Working Families Party has endorsed "Sex and the City" actress Cynthia Nixon against incumbent New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. (CNYCentral file photo)

NEW YORK (AP) -- The progressive Working Families Party has endorsed "Sex and the City" actress Cynthia Nixon against incumbent New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Nixon said she was honored to receive the endorsement Saturday and "inspired by the enthusiasm of progressive working-class members of the party."

Nixon is challenging Cuomo in the Democratic gubernatorial primary. The Working Families Party endorsement could give her a ballot line in the November general election even if Cuomo wins the Democratic nomination.

Cuomo campaign spokeswoman Abbey Fashouer said the governor's "record of progressive accomplishment is unmatched."

She listed raising the state's minimum wage and pushing for gun-safety legislation among Cuomo's accomplishments.

The small but influential Working Families Party endorsed Cuomo in 2010 and 2014. But Cuomo said Friday he would not seek its backing this year.

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