She wants the two-term Cuomo, who has always been thought to have presidential ambitions, to re-establish his liberal bona fides for voters calling for change.
Cuomo has the nomination of the Independence Party and the Women's Equality Party, while Nixon has been nominated by the Working Families Party - though she has said she will seek to remove her name if she doesn't beat Cuomo in the Democratic primary.
On Tuesday the New York Post cast doubt on Cuomo's claimed ignorance, revealing that one of his top campaign aides was shopping a story about Nixon's Nixon's alleged support for the pro-Palestinian Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement just a day before the mailer went out to 7,000 households. The other candidates are Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney and former Cuomo official Leecia Eve. Party Chair Geoff Berman said that the mailer was a "mistake", but did not say who was responsible for the flier or whether that person was being fired. "He controls the state committee", Nixon said. "So Trump is the fall-back position". Things are so dire, Bee said, that according to one estimate, Democrats have to turn out 15 million more voters than they did in the 2014 midterms. "It's wonderful to watch him". "This idea that he's going to win could be a factor in people saying, 'I don't need to go in on Thursday, '" political consultant Michael Dawidziak said in a telephone interview.
Gov. Cuomo has maintained a double digit lead over Nixon in the polls.
A Siena College Poll released on September 10 gives Cuomo supporters plenty of reasons to stay home. She points to Democratic Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's primary victory over longtime Congressman Joe Crowley as evidence that underdog challengers can defy the odds.
Yet despite enthusiasm for Nixon in some quarters and on social media, Cuomo has held substantial leads against Nixon in the polls.
Cuomo's advocacy for same-sex marriage, gun control and other progressive causes might bolster him against Nixon.
There is also a three-way contest for the 136 District Assembly seat.
Mr. Maloney is seeking to become the state's first gay attorney general, while Ms. James and Ms. Eve are running to become the first black woman elected to statewide office in NY. In the final debates, Maloney and Eve - who has struggled to break out of single digits - have attacked Teachout for only recently passing the NY bar and for not rejecting "corporate" money in her 2016 run.
Down ballot, former members of the Independent Democratic Conference all face challenges as well from candidates eager to end the status quo in state government.