Incumbent New York Governor Andrew Cuomo beat back a challenge from liberal activist and actor Cynthia Nixon, winning the Democratic primary by 30 percentage points. While Nixon excited the liberal wing of the party, many cited her lack of political or leadership experience as reason to vote for the incumbent. Progressives believe the party needs to elect more political novices to bring fresh ideas to leadership. Yet a lack of experience also means a lack of connections and knowledge of the nuances of governing. What do you think?
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