Clinton to Make Rare Endorsement in New York Governor's Race

May 22, 2018 AT 10:00 AM

Hillary Clinton will endorse Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo for a third term at the Democratic state convention this week as he seeks to beat back a challenge from Cynthia Nixon, officials said Monday.

Clinton, the Democrats’ 2016 presidential nominee and former New York senator, is slated to be the keynote speaker as the convention opens Wednesday at Hofstra University.

Cuomo has long been a Clinton political friend, having worked as federal housing secretary in President Bill Clinton’s second term. In 2016, Cuomo campaigned for Clinton as she beat Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in New York’s presidential primary in what proved to be a key contest in the fight for the nomination.

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