Cynthia Nixon’s defeat to incumbent New York Governor Andrew Cuomo in Thursday’s primary was a political blow to an emboldened far-left Hollywood resistance from the Democratic establishment.
The former Sex and the City Star, who styled herself as a “democratic socialist” of a similar ilk to Sen. Bernie Sanders, lost by over 30 percentage points to Cuomo, who secured endorsements from Democratic stalwarts including as Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden.
Following her defeat, Nixon pledged to keep fighting to push the Democratic Party to the left on issues such as healthcare, abolishing ICE, and a commitment to “racial and economic justice.”
“While the result tonight wasn’t what we had hoped for, I’m not discouraged. I’m inspired. I hope you are too. We have fundamentally changed the political landscape in this state,” she wrote on Twitter. “This isn’t just a symbolic victory. This campaign forced the Governor to make concrete commitments that will change the lives of people across this state.”
While the result tonight wasn’t what we had hoped for, I’m not discouraged. I’m inspired. I hope you are too. We have fundamentally changed the political landscape in this state.
— Cynthia Nixon (@CynthiaNixon) September 14, 2018
“Before we take our country back we have to take our party back,” she continued. “This is an incredible moment for progressives but it’s not just a moment. It’s a movement.”
However, the result of the primary contest was met with deep disappointment from Hollywood’s anti-Trump resistance, with figures such as Chelsea Handler, Susan Sarandon, Sarah Silverman, Michael Skolnik, Lena Dunham, Amy Schumer, and Debra Messing all having supported Nixon’s candidacy.
Some celebs urged voters to hurry to the polls to support Nixon.
Only 2.5 hours left to VOTE NY! https://t.co/2v2NPiTeDq
— Susan Sarandon (@SusanSarandon) September 13, 2018
— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) September 13, 2018
Polls open until 9PM in NY!
Still time to vote and make history!
— Michael Skolnik (@MichaelSkolnik) September 13, 2018
After her embarrassing defeat, other celebs posted praise for the long shot candidate.
— Chelsea Handler (@chelseahandler) September 12, 2018
Do yourself a favor and read this thread. THIS is what leadership looks like. And she’s right. This is only the beginning. So proud of you @CynthiaNixon! I cannot wait to see what comes next. https://t.co/cTY6FJHhWT
— Sophia Bush (@SophiaBush) September 14, 2018
— John Cusack (@johncusack) September 14, 2018
— Amy Schumer (@amyschumer) September 6, 2018
We love you @CynthiaNixon 🌹 You shed light on inaction, corruption and prejudice in our state and showed a graceful way forward for our whole nation! We will honor you as we continue and we will always be behind your every move! Do not stop! Brady would be proud 😉
— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) September 14, 2018
Despite Nixon’s defeat, this primary season has seen a spate of upsets from left-wing, Hollywood backed challengers ousting incumbent Democratic politicians. Two of the most prominent examples have been Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez ousting Rep. Joe Crowley as the candidate for New York’s 14th congressional district, and Andrew Gillum winning party’s nomination in Florida’s upcoming gubernatorial race.