Cuomo wins third term, state Senate flips to Dems

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NEW YORK (AP) - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has won a third term by beating Republican Marc Molinaro.

The Democrat was seen from the start as the prohibitive favorite in the race, with big advantages in fundraising and name-recognition.

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He worked throughout the campaign to link Molinaro to President Donald Trump, who is unpopular with many New Yorkers.

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Cuomo also touted his administration's work rebuilding airports and bridges and boosting the upstate economy.

Cuomo has been talked about as a potential 2020 presidential candidate but said he would serve out his entire term if re-elected.

Molinaro is the county executive in Dutchess County.

Cuomo is the 10th New York governor elected to a third term.

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Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand, of New York, has defeated Republican challenger Chele Farley to win re-election to the U.S. Senate. Gillibrand was heavily favored in Tuesday's election and has been talked about as a potential presidential candidate in 2020. At a recent debate, Gillibrand pledged to serve out her six-year Senate term.

New York City Public Advocate Letitia James was elected attorney general, beating Republican Keith Wofford.

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