Liberal 3rd party won't play spoiler by backing TV star

FILE - In this March 26, 2018, file photo, New York Democratic gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon responds to a question during a news conference in Albany, N.Y. A week after telling two interviewers her support for legalizing recreational use of marijuana in New York was revenue-based, Nixon said Wednesday, April 11, that it's now foremost a racial justice issue for her. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)

ALBANY, N.Y. - A leader of a liberal third party says it has no interest in playing spoiler in the New York governor's race — even if it means throwing its weight to Gov. Andrew Cuomo over its recently endorsed favourite, "Sex and the City" star Cynthia Nixon.

Bill Lipton, the state political director of the Working Families Party, tells The Associated Press that if Nixon should lose the September Democratic Party primary to Cuomo, his party leaders will meet with Nixon and "make a decision that puts the interests of working families first."

The party's leaders recently endorsed Nixon, giving her a possible line on the November ballot regardless of who wins the Democratic primary. That raised the possibility that Cuomo and Nixon could split the liberal vote in November, potentially helping a Republican candidate win.

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