Cuomo won more votes in CNY counties than he did four years ago

Map of counties won by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Marc Molinaro (CNYCentral Graphic)

Gov. Andrew Cuomo improved on his 2014 performance in central New York during Tuesday's midterm elections, winning more votes in each area county than he did four years ago.

The Democrat easily defeated Republican opponent Marc Molinaro in his bid for a third term as governor of New York, beating him by 22 points, according to the New York State Board of Elections.

Despite a Siena College poll showing his lowest favorability rating in the eight years he's been in office, Cuomo defeated Molinaro by a larger margin statewide than his 2014 opponent, Rob Astorino.

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In central New York, Cuomo won Onondaga County and received 17,379 more votes in the county than he did in 2014. He also carried the Democratic stronghold of Tompkins County, receiving 10,579 more votes there than four years ago. Cuomo lost the surrounding counties of Cayuga, Oswego, Wayne, Oneida, Madison, Cortland, Seneca and Chenango, some by huge margins. But even in those counties, Cuomo received more votes than he did in his last election.

Molinaro, while losing the state, also greatly improved on Astorino's performance throughout the region. Like Cuomo, Molinaro received more votes in every central New York county than the Republican nominee did in 2014. In Onondaga County, where Cuomo won by 20,000 votes four years ago, Molinaro cut that margin in half this year, losing by only 9,000 votes.

Here are the vote totals in the governor's race in central New York:

Cayuga County

  • Cuomo: 9.030 (34%)
  • Molinaro: 13,939 (53%)

Cortland County

  • Cuomo: 5,908 (37%)
  • Molinaro: 7,514 (48%)

Madison County

  • Cuomo: 8,230 (33%)
  • Molinaro: 13,816 (56%)

Oneida County

  • Cuomo: 25,761 (34%)
  • Molinaro: 42,883 (56%)

Onondaga County

  • Cuomo: 79,064 (47%)
  • Molinaro: 70,626 (42%)

Oswego County

  • Cuomo: 10,957 (29%)
  • Molinaro: 21,933 (59%)

Seneca County

  • Cuomo: 3,824 (34%)
  • Molinaro: 6,020 (54%)

Tompkins County

  • Cuomo: 22,065 (64%)
  • Molinaro: 8,353 (24%)

Wayne County

  • Cuomo: 8,558 (28%)
  • Molinaro: 18,599 (61%)

Cuomo will be sworn in for his third term in January.

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