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Cuomo, Hochul spent mightily in their Democratic primary contests

ALBANY — The tab was $27.46 per vote.

That's how much Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo spent on his Democratic primary campaign — on a per vote basis — against activist Cynthia Nixon, according to a final set of records showing just how deep the governor had to dig into his campaign account to beat back his Democratic Party primary challenger.

Cuomo since mid-January spent $26.5 million to prop up his image in the eyes of Democrats, who gave him a decisive victory nearly two weeks ago over the Manhattan activist and actress.

Cuomo won the contest with 64 percent of the vote. In all, he got 964,883 votes.

Nixon spent just 10 percent of what it cost Cuomo, who blanketed the TV airwaves and social media with ads in the closing weeks of the campaign.

Cuomo on Tuesday reported to the state elections board that his campaign, as of late last week, had $11.6 million on hand. At the same point in 2014, after he defeated primary challenger Zephyr Teachout by the same margin as he won against Nixon, Cuomo had $25.8 million in the bank.

With polls showing him far ahead in the governor's race, Cuomo, a prolific fundraiser, is certain to raise millions in the weeks ahead for the Nov. 6 election against Republican Marc Molinaro and several minor party candidates.

The final set of campaign spending reports filed Tuesday give a clue about just how nervous Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul was in her race against New York City Councilman Jumaane Williams — for a job whose occupant traditionally reports to the governor and has few legal duties.

In her race, Hochul, an Erie County Democrat, spent $2.11 million since mid-January. Her opponent spent just $312,000.

Four years ago, in her 2014 Democratic primary race to be Cuomo's running mate, Hochul spent just $323,000.

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