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NY Sen. Gillibrand Wins Election for 1st Full Term

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

NY Senator Kirsten Gillibrand attends the 25th annual Brooklyn tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. at BAM Howard Gilman Opera House on January 17, 2011. (Astrid Stawiarz/Getty)

Democratic U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand has won election to her first full term representing New York, fending off a challenge from Republican Wendy Long.

Gillibrand was in the unusual position of facing voters twice in two years after being tapped in 2009 to replace Hillary Rodham Clinton, who became secretary of state. Gillibrand won the right to finish out the final two years of Clinton's old term in 2010. This time, she ran for a six-year term.

Gillibrand has steadily built support statewide over the past three years after initial criticism that she was too conservative and lacked gravity.

Long is a New York City lawyer who won a three-way primary in June after promoting her opposition to any tax increases and same-sex marriage.

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I am a supporter of Gillibrand because she is a moderate democrat. This election tells us, in no uncertain terms, that moderates on the left and the right are desperately needed to advance legislation in our nation. Partisanship does not work. Sorry to see, the moderate republican from Maine, Olympia go. Please make a big deal of this. I am a democrat, she is a republican. She (and Susan Collins the other republican from Maine) is exactly the type of politician I would vote for. I wish Ms. Gillibran could reach out to Ms. Snow and let her know that the future of our nation rests in the hands of people like them from both parties. The first female president, I assure you, will be a moderate from one or the other other party. I hope I'm around to see it!

Nov. 07 2012 02:04 PM
jen lynch from manhattan

"Gillibrand has steadily built support statewide over the past three years after initial criticism that she was too conservative and lacked gravity."

Really? And how would that be measured? By the fact that the White House put intense pressure on potential Democratic challengers to make sure she got on the primary ticket unopposed and unscathed? Or by the fact that her Republican challenger was essentially unknown and unfunded yet managed to still get s decent chunk of the vote?

Senator Gillibrand continues to coast along, essentially untested, while the voters of one of the wealthiest states in this "democracy" continue to have no meaningful choice.

Nov. 06 2012 10:27 PM

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