After months of campaigning, on September 13th, Cynthia Nixon and incumbent Andrew Cuomo finally faced off in the Democratic primary for governor of New York. Despite her progressive political views and the buzz surrounding her campaign, Nixon lost to Cuomo, but she acknowledged her defeat with grace and wisdom—and left us with an incredible concession speech.
Nixon lost her bid for governor after receiving 34.4% of votes, according to The New York Times. Cuomo’s victory (and the double-digit margin) wasn’t that surprising, though; outlets such as RealClearPolitics had heavily favored him to win.
Nevertheless, many argued that Nixon’s campaign was successful in driving Cuomo and his policies further to the left. In her speech, which she delivered from Cafe Omar in Brooklyn, Nixon emphasized the change that her campaign had already incited. In one example, she noted that Cuomo, who was formerly against legalizing marijuana, changed his position after her campaign came out in support of it.
Without further ado, here are the most inspirational quotes from Cynthia Nixon’s concession speech:
When she let the audience know that change is coming.
When she gave a shout-out to young women and LGBTQ people.
When she pledged to keep working for change.
When she called on others to end police violence.
And when she promised to keep fighting.
Nixon’s 2018 campaign may be over, but—as she made clear in her concession speech—change is on the horizon. And the best way to enact change is to vote in the 2018 midterm elections this November.