Democrat Andrew Cuomo coasted past tea party Republican Carl Paladino after an exceedingly nasty race to win election Tuesday as governor of New York, the job his father, Mario, held in the 1980s and '90s.
With just under a quarter of the vote in, Cuomo had 58 percent to Paladino's 37 percent. Third-party candidates split the remainder.
Cuomo, New York's attorney general, led in the polls from the start of his well-funded campaign and helped the combative and conservative Paladino sink himself by shifting the focus from economic issues to Paladino's opposition to abortion and gay marriage.
"The people have spoken tonight and they have been loud and clear," the 52-year-old Cuomo said, his father and mother, Matilda Cuomo, at his side. "They are angry. They are paying for an economic recession they didn't cause, they are fustrated when they look at the dysfunction and degradation in Albany. They want that government in Albany to change, and that's what they are going to get."
The Cuomos now join the exclusive club of father-and-son governors, whose members include the Browns, Edmund and Jerry, of California; the Romneys, George of Michigan and Mitt of Massachusetts; and the Folsoms, John Sr. and John Jr., of Alabama.