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Cynthia Nixon announces candidacy for New York governor

FILE - Actress Cynthia Nixon. (MTA New York / CC BY 2.0)

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHAM/AP) - Cynthia Nixon, best known for her work on HBO's "Sex and the City," is officially challenging incumbent Andrew Cuomo in the September primary.

Nixon announced her candidacy on Twitter Monday afternoon.

Nixon describes herself as a "progressive activist who is running for governor to fight for a better, more equal New York."

Her announcement Monday sets up a race pitting an openly gay liberal activist against a two-term incumbent with a $30 million war chest and possible presidential ambitions.

Nixon in recent speeches has called on Democrats nationally to carve out a strong liberal identity instead of being merely the "anti-Trump party."

Nixon is a 51-year-old Manhattan mother of three and an ally of Democratic New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who frequently clashes with Cuomo on various issues.

In a statement on her campaign website, Nixon said she won't be accepting any corporate contributions in this campaign.

Nixon and Cuomo are the only two Democratic candidates to declare their candidacy. Libertarian candidate and former Marine Larry Sharpe is also running for the governor's office.

In a poll released Monday morning, Democrats overwhelmingly favor Cuomo over Nixon, 66 percent to 19 percent.

This is a developing story that will be updated.

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