ALBANY — When Gov. Andrew Cuomo is inaugurated for a second term in January, he will have New York City voters to thank.
Cuomo’s 13-percentage-point win over Republican challenger Rob Astorino on Nov. 4 was fueled by a large margin of victory in New York City, where he took home 77 percent of the nearly 1 million ballots cast, according to the state Board of Election’s unofficial results.
Take away the city, however, and the rest of the state backed Astorino — albeit by a slim margin. Outside of the five boroughs, Astorino collected 1.3 million votes — or 49 percent — compared to Cuomo’s 1.2 million, or 46 percent, in a lowturnout election. Three third-party candidates were also on the ballot.
It’s a shift from four years ago, when Cuomo, a Democrat, won 55 percent of the non-New York City vote en route to a…
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