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Gov Cuomo blames Bill de Blasio for decline in Democratic votes

Gov Cuomo blames Bill de Blasio for decline in Democratic votes this election after Republicans used NYC Mayor’s face to push ‘law and order’ campaign

  • Gov Andrew Cuomo has blamed New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio for a decline on Democratic votes in the election
  • Cuomo said Republicans effectively used de Blasio’s face to link the Democrats to a rise in crime, looting and homelessness in New York City this past summer 
  • Republicans criticized Democrats throughout the election campaign by repeatedly echoing President Trump’s ‘law and order’ motto 
  • GOP candidates obtained leads over incumbent Senate Democrats across Long Island and in Brooklyn on Election Day
  • Cuomo, however, has warned there were still thousands of absentee ballots left to be counted
  • He said he was confident Democrats would fare better once the absentee ballots were counted but that it ‘shouldn’t have been this close’ 

Governor Andrew Cuomo has blamed Bill de Blasio for the decline in Democratic votes this election after Republicans used images of the New York City Mayor to push their ‘law and order’ message in their campaigns. 

Cuomo said Republicans effectively used de Blasio’s face and boarded up businesses to link the Democrats to a rise in crime, looting and homelessness in New York City this past summer that conservatives argued would continue if liberals were re-elected. 

‘They ran de Blasio’s picture all over the state,’ Cuomo told WAMC radio on Thursday. 

‘Law and order that was their message and it resonated more than it should have.’ 

Bill de Blasio

Governor Andrew Cuomo has blamed Bill de Blasio for the decline in Democratic votes this election after Republicans used images of the New York City Mayor to push their ‘law and order’ message in their campaigns

Republican senate candidates across the state criticized Democrats throughout the election campaign by repeatedly echoing President Trump’s ‘law and order’ motto amid violent protests. 

They used de Blasio’s face to argue that Democrats would be soft on crime if re-elected.   

Republicans obtained leads over incumbent Senate Democrats across Long Island and in Brooklyn on Election Day.

The GOP candidates are still currently leading in eight Senate races – five in which they are up against Democrat incumbents.

Long Island Democrat State Senators, including Monica Martinez, James F. Gaughran and Kevin M. Thomas, are trailing behind their Republican challengers. 

Republican senate candidates across the state repeatedly criticized de Blasio and other Democrats by arguing they were soft on crime. Pictured above is an ad from Republican senate candidate Nicole Malliotakis

Republican senate candidates across the state repeatedly criticized de Blasio and other Democrats by arguing they were soft on crime. Pictured above is an ad from Republican senate candidate Nicole Malliotakis 

An ad from Republican senate candidate Nicole Malliotakis used the billion cuts to the NYPD this summer to push home the GOP's 'law and order' message

An ad from Republican senate candidate Nicole Malliotakis used the billion cuts to the NYPD this summer to push home the GOP’s ‘law and order’ message

Brooklyn’s Andrew Gounardes is also behind his Republican challenger. 

Cuomo, however, has warned there were still tens of thousands of absentee ballots left to be counted. 

‘I think the Democrats are going to do better in the House races and the Senate races and the Assembly races when they count all the ballots,’ he said. 

‘But it shouldn’t have been this close. 

‘I believe the Republicans beat the Democrats on the messaging. I think they branded Democrats as anti-law and order and that hurt Democrats.

‘It was untrue. Democrats, we are against the injustice in the criminal justice system, we’re against the racism and discrimination in policing.’ 

Democrats currently control 40 of the 63 senate seats. 

Republicans also used images of boarded up businesses across New York City to claim that rising crime, looting and homelessness would continue if Democrats were elected

Republicans also used images of boarded up businesses across New York City to claim that rising crime, looting and homelessness would continue if Democrats were elected

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