Cynthia Nixon’s losing, liberal campaign in New York may yet help Democrats beat Donald Trump

I may not have watched many episodes, if any, of Sex and the City, but even I know that its well-groomed characters were rarely – if ever – to be seen riding the subway.

Yet here I am at 8am on a grey rush hour morning watching Cynthia Nixon, the actress who played the hard-bitten lawyer Miranda, stroll through a grimy, underground platform greeting commuters as they step off a busy four train at Borough Hall Station in Brooklyn.

The reason is simple. Ms Nixon is putting repair of the crumbling transport system, with its rats, track fires and delays, at the heart of her audacious campaign to become the Democratic governor of New York.

The result is chaos. For every commuter who stops to tell…

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