Celebrities back both Cuomo and Nixon as New Yorkers head to primary vote
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Celebrities in New York are voicing support for both Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) and his challenger from the left, Cynthia Nixon, as the Empire State heads to the polls for its primary vote.

Entertainers including rappers Nicki Minaj and T.I. to actresses Amy Schumer and Lena Dunham have spoken out in recent days as Nixon, a liberal activist and former "Sex and the City" star, looks to pull off an upset over Cuomo, who is seeking a third term.

Polls show Cuomo with a sizable lead in the race, but Nixon believes she can turn progressive energy into a surprise victory.


Minaj on Wednesday threw her support behind Cuomo, writing on Twitter that he and his running mate, Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul, “know how to work for the people.”

"New Yorkers & all NYCHA residents its time to get JUSTICE," Minaj tweeted. "VOTE Thur. Sept. 13 for Gov. Cuomo, Lt. Gov. Hochul & Tish James. They know how to work for the people to make NY even GREATER. Spread the word. See you at the Polls!"

Meanwhile, Amy Schumer has vacillated between the two candidates. At first she appeared to favor Nixon by donating $10,000 to her campaign but this week said she would support Cuomo.

“Andrew isn’t my fav dude But he’s good gov,” Schumer wrote on Instagram. “I wanted to vote Nixon, but sadly, i don’t believe she would know what the heck to do. She needs to be able to pressure the state legislature in stuff but I don’t believe she has enough connections upstate.”

On Thursday, however, Schumer, a cousin of New York Sen. Chuck SchumerChuck SchumerHolder, Yates lead letter backing Biden pick for Civil Rights Division at DOJ Capitol Police officer killed in car attack lies in honor in Capitol Rotunda Rep. Andy Kim on Asian hate: 'I've never felt this level of fear' MORE (D), reversed herself once again, writing on Instagram that she “couldn’t help” but vote for Nixon after all.

T.I., however, has consistently backed Nixon, a self-described Democratic socialist.

He wrote Monday on Twitter that he didn’t know “who this brilliant lady is,” but added that she had his vote, as he posted a video in which Nixon said it was time for New York to legalize marijuana.

"I have no idea who this brilliant lady is," T.I. tweeted. "But she’s invited to my next bbq/family gathering and if she’s running for anything…ANYTHING I SAY..She's got my vote!!!"

Dunham also took to Twitter to show her support for Nixon, writing Tuesday that New York needs “a governor who will fight with us — on everything from passing universal healthcare to protecting reproductive rights and women's bodies.”

“Andrew Cuomo hasn't, but @CynthiaNixon will. New York has NEVER had a female governor.  New York has NEVER had an openly gay governor,” the former "Girls" star and vocal Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWhy does Bernie Sanders want to quash Elon Musk's dreams? Republican legislators target private sector election grants How Democrats can defy the odds in 2022 MORE supporter tweeted.  

“Our politics need to reflect our world + with women speaking up every day about and against mistreatment (often at the most systemic and deeply entrenched levels), fighting tirelessly for a seat at the table, Cynthia Nixon & the incredible success of this campaign so far has proven that women's voices need to be lifted up & represented at every level of government, now more than ever,” Dunham added.

"West Wing" alumni Richard Schiff and Allison Janney endorsed Nixon in a video posted to her campaign account on Twitter.

In the video, Schiff said that people in New York are “tired of the cynical, self-serving corporate Democrats” and that they want to see “courageous, honest Democrats.”

“This year, New Yorkers have the chance to vote for that kind of Democrat for governor, Cynthia Nixon,” Janney added.

Meanwhile, rapper Cardi B also joined the list of Nixon's celebrity endorsers, posting a picture of the actress on her Instagram account, who in turn, wrote back to express her thanks.

-- Updated 6:33 p.m.