Actress and activist Cynthia Nixon lost the Democratic bid as the Governor of New York in the primary election on Thursday.
She campaigned hard as a left-leaning Democrat to challenge the sitting Governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo – who won by 30 percentage points and will face the general election in the state on November 6.
Two hours after the polls closed, Nixon made a positive concession speech at a Mediterranean lounge in Brooklyn.
"While the result tonight was not what we hoped for, I am not discouraged," she told her supporters. "I am inspired, and I hope you are, too."
Portions of her speech were shared on her Twitter account.
While the result tonight wasn’t what we had hoped for, I’m not discouraged. I’m inspired. I hope you are too. We ha… https://t.co/mYvIT7MvV0— Cynthia Nixon (@Cynthia Nixon)1536892914.0
She addressed the youth representing all genders and inspired them with hope. "To all the young people. To all the young women. To all the young queer people who reject the gender binary. Soon you'll be standing here, and when it's your turn, you'll win."
To all the young people. To all the young women. To all the young queer people who reject the gender binary. Soon y… https://t.co/AGvUEzBPOU— Cynthia Nixon (@Cynthia Nixon)1536893492.0
People were moved by her campaign that included fighting for the legalization of marijuana; single-payer health care; and racial and economic justice.
Despite her defeat, she reminded supporters that the fight isn't over.
We know that New York can become the first state in the country to enact single-payer health care.— Cynthia Nixon (@Cynthia Nixon)1536893609.0
We can legalize marijuana, and finally stop putting people of color in jail for something that white people do with impunity.— Cynthia Nixon (@Cynthia Nixon)1536893610.0
We have to confront the reality of systemic racism -- not only in our justice system, but in our schools, in our ho… https://t.co/xWHZa0rSdp— Cynthia Nixon (@Cynthia Nixon)1536893661.0
We can protect families from deportation, make rent more affordable, and commit to 100% renewable energy.— Cynthia Nixon (@Cynthia Nixon)1536893662.0
She also touched on the city's fledgling mass transit, declaring that fixing the New York subway system is not an option – it's a choice. "If the subway dies, so does the City of New York, and we won't let that happen."
We can make all of these things a reality -- but only if we keep fighting for a New York that belongs to all of us,… https://t.co/xs8LlbpLlY— Cynthia Nixon (@Cynthia Nixon)1536893662.0
The politician closed her speech by emphasizing that the next generation of New Yorkers are "on the right side of history," but also urged that the time to makes changes is now.
You are on the right side of history, and every day, your country is moving in your direction. But we can’t afford to wait.— Cynthia Nixon (@Cynthia Nixon)1536893493.0
She gained massive amounts of praise.
@CynthiaNixon You don’t have to win to make a difference. Thank you for fighting the good fight. #ImWithHer— Brand New Activist (@Brand New Activist)1536908548.0
@CynthiaNixon Please allow yourself an opportunity to recover and replenish your heart, soul and body. Even thoug… https://t.co/l7dwE3hm6y— sharon quinn (@sharon quinn)1536894224.0
@CynthiaNixon You ran a beautiful and brave campaign. History will smile on your bold defense of what is right and just.— GeorgeCostanzaa (@GeorgeCostanzaa)1536896600.0
@CynthiaNixon Thank you for running. You're an inspiration to all.— libraryseedbank (@libraryseedbank)1536893548.0
The Sex and the City actress announced her candidacy to for Governor of New York back in March with a campaign video on Twitter.
I love New York, and today I'm announcing my candidacy for governor. Join us: https://t.co/9DwsxWW8xX https://t.co/kYTvx6GZiD— Cynthia Nixon (@Cynthia Nixon)1521482539.0
"New York is my home, I've never lived anywhere else," Nixon said in a voice-over. "When I grew up here, it was just my mom and me in a one-bedroom, fifth floor walk-up."
"Our leaders are letting us down. We are now the most unequal state in the entire country, with both incredible wealth and extreme poverty. Half the kids in our upstate cities live below the poverty line. How did we let this happen? I love New York. I've never wanted to live anywhere else, but something has to change."
More women candidates are expected to run for U.S. governorships and House seats come November, the BBC reported.