New York Democrats decide governor, lt. governor, attorney general races

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (WCAX) Democrats across New York are choosing their candidates on this primary day.

There are three races on the ballot: governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general. Only registered Democrats could cast ballots.

The most-watched race is a fiercely fought contest between Gov. Andrew Cuomo and activist actress Cynthia Nixon. Nixon is a high-profile example of an insurgent left-wing trying to oust establishment incumbents.

President Donald Trump might want to keep an eye on the attorney general primary. Fordham law professor and former Vermont resident Zephyr Teachout, New York City Public Advocate Letitia James, U.S. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney and former Hillary Clinton adviser Leecia Eve have all vowed to be a legal thorn in the Republican president's side. Polls show that race very close going into primary day.

Political experts in the North Country say primaries in New York tend to have low voter turnout with less than 20 percent in the last two decades.

Plattsburgh resident Robert Poolin, who calls himself a loyal Democrat, hit the polls Thursday and he thinks you should, too.

"People complain about not having a choice. In the primaries is where you do usually get the choice. By the time you get to the general, it's all fixed with people already," Poolin said.

Polling Centers across the North Country will be open until 9 p.m.