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Politics

Cuomo re-elected to second term as New York governor

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Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has won a second term by defeating Republican Rob AstorinoTuesday's victory makes Cuomo New York's first Democratic governor to win re-election since his father, Mario Cuomo. 

The 56-year-old Cuomo ran on his accomplishments since taking office in 2011: lower taxes, less government gridlock, a focus on upstate New York's economy, tighter gun control and legalization of gay marriage.  

Cuomo and his running mate, former Buffalo congresswoman Kathy Hochul, focused heavily on female voters, vowing to fight for pay equity and abortion rights.  

Astorino is the Westchester County executive. He criticized Cuomo's record on the economy and tried to paint Cuomo as a corrupt insider. But he never got close to Cuomo in the polls and had only a tenth of the money Cuomo was able to raise for the campaign.