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Elton John, David Furnish, Andrew Cuomo

Elton John, right, Andrew Cuomo and David Furnish attend the Elton John AIDS Foundation’s 13th Annual "An Enduring Vision" benefit at Cipriani's Wall Street on Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

Charles Sykes

He can't vote for Gov. Andrew Cuomo, but Sir Elton John is showing his support anyway. 

The music legend and his husband, David Furnish, released a statement Friday in support of Cuomo's re-election campaign. The couple praised the two-term New York governor's progressive agenda, including his focus on affordable public housing, education and women's rights. 

They also praised Cuomo for his support of gay rights. In 2011, Cuomo successfully advocated for passage of marriage equality in New York. 

The main issue highlighted by John and Furnish is Cuomo's plan to end AIDS in New York by 2020. Cuomo unveiled the plan in late 2016 and set the goal for ending the AIDS epidemic. The plan also included expanding HIV services young people and a goal of ending HIV transmission through injection drug use. 

"His bold plan serves as a model for other states to emulate, and we are so thankful for him for his tremendous leadership," John and Furnish wrote.

Cuomo spoke at the Elton John AIDS Foundation's 25th anniversary gala last fall. Photos show he also attended a benefit hosted by the foundation in 2014. 

The statement released by John and Furnish comes as Cuomo is preparing to face a primary challenge. Cynthia Nixon, an Emmy award-winning actress best known for her role on "Sex and the City," is exploring a run for governor. Nixon would challenge Cuomo for the Democratic nomination. 

Nixon is no stranger to politics. She has been a spokesperson for the Alliance for Quality Education, a group that has been a frequent critic of Cuomo's education policies. 

With a primary challenge looming, Cuomo's team has been attempting to showcase the support for the governor's re-election. Earlier Friday, the National Organization for Women-New York endorsed Cuomo and his running mate, Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul, for another term. 

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