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EDlection2018: Cuomo Wins Third Term as New York Governor, Will Face Unrest Over School Funding Inequities and Segregation

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Global Citizen)

EDlection2018: This is one of several dozen races we’ve analyzed for the 2018 midterms that could go on to influence state or federal education policy. Get the latest headlines delivered straight to your inbox; sign up for The 74 Newsletter.

Andrew Cuomo swept past little-known Republican challenger Marc Molinaro on Tuesday night to easily win a third term as governor of New York. The New York Times called the race at 9:10 p.m.

A prodigious fundraiser and careful strategist, Cuomo was able to ride the leftward shift of much of his voting base in the New York City area with a series of well-timed gestures.

He announced expanded support for state unions in June on the day the Supreme Court ruled that labor could no longer charge agency fees to nonmembers. And he walked back the requirement that school districts use student test data in evaluating teachers, a policy that had alienated many suburban parents.

Cuomo will face growing pressure from progressive Democrats on hot-button equity issues like school funding, desegregation and the cap on charter schools. He has been backed by financiers who support the expansion of school choice and enjoy influence among state Senate Republicans.

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