Andrew Cuomo took the stage around 11 p.m. promising to clean up Albany, saying the people of New York want the government changed in Albany.

“That’s what they’re going to get. The mandate tonight is to clean up Albany and to have elected officials who represent the people of this state and not the special interests and not the lobbyists,” said Cuomo. “The people want a government of competence and performance and integrity and can balance a budget just the way that they balance their budget at home.”

Cuomo had a lot of people to thank, including campaign staffers, volunteers, and the labor movement. However, he didn’t have much to say about his opponent, Carl Paladino.

UPDATE:

From NYPIRG’s Blair Horner

While many precincts have yet to report numbers, the results currently available have Cuomo on pace to finish this election with the 4th largest margin of victory in a NYS gubernatorial race since 1800. He will almost certainly finish in the top ten.

The other nine candidates on this list all won in years in which their parties had significant national gains – Cuomo will thus be the only gubernatorial candidate to finish in the top ten and defy national trends.