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No Surprise: Chuck Schumer, Kirsten Gillibrand Win New York Senate Races

Jessika Walsten and Taylor Freitas |
November 2, 2010 | 6:45 p.m. PDT

Deputy Editor and Associate News Editor

Chuck Schumer was first elected as a New York Senator in 1998. (Photo Courtesy U.S. Senate.)
Chuck Schumer was first elected as a New York Senator in 1998. (Photo Courtesy U.S. Senate.)
Democrats Charles "Chuck" Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, both incumbents, were declared the winners Tuesday night of the New York Senate seats up for grabs, poising Schumer for his third term in office and Gillibrand for her first elected term in office.

After the first race survey in June, Schumer took a double-digit lead over his Republican opponent, communications consultant Jay Townsend. Gillibrand also enjoyed double-digit leads early on over Republican opponent Joseph DioGuardi , who is a former congressman and a Certified Public Accountant.

In October, Rasmussen Reports gave Schumer a near two-to-one lead with 59 percent to Townsend's 31 percent. Rasmussen Reports projected in October Gillibrand's lead at 54 percent of the vote versus 33 percent of the vote for DioGuardi.

The campaigns for both Schumer and Gillibrand were relatively tame compared to more contorversial states like Kentucky and Nevada. Though, Republican candidate for New York governor Carl Paladino did call Gillibrand Schumer's "little girl."

Gillibrand also recieived much attention for her transformation while on Capitol Hill. New York Gov. David Paterson appointed her to succeed Hillary Rodham Clinton when Clinton resigned to be the U.S. Secretary of State in 2009. Since then, she has lost 40 pounds, but gained a Vogue spread, fancy clothes, and the moniker "the hottest member" of the Senate.

Gillibrand and Schumer are both scheduled to address their supporters Tuesday night at Democrat headquarters in New York City.

Schumer may face another battle next battle as his name has been thrown around for Senate Majority Leader if Harry Reid, the current leader, isn't reelected in Nevada.

DNAInfo says, "Any succession battle will likely pit Schumer, the third-ranked Democrat in the Senate, against Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin, who's in second. Both are highly respected and powerful fundraisers, and, coincidentally, they share a townhouse in D.C."

If Reid loses, senators will vote for the next majority leader the week of Nov. 16. Both Schumer and Durbin have said they would much rather Reid return to the Senate, but if he does not, the two will have to campaign against one another.

Reid appointed Schumer in 2006 as the vice chair of the Democratic Conference, the party's third highest leadership position, and Schumer has held that post ever since.

Schumer's political career began at age 23 when he was elected to the New York State Assembly in 1974. He first became a U.S. Senator in 1998.

On Tuesday New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg encouraged voters to report any issues they encountered through Twitter, by using the hashtag #nyctweets. Read what New Yorkers had to say here.

Read more about Schumer here.

Read more about Gillibrand here.

To reach Deputy Editor Jessika Walsten, click here. To reach associate news editor Taylor Freitas, click here.



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