The biggest winner among New York's elected officials last night wasn't even on the ballot.
Senator Chuck Schumer, despite being grounded for the stretch run by Hurricane Sandy, saw the Democrats keep control of the Senate, and possibly even gain seats, in an election that had been expected to threaten the party's majority.
Instead, the Class of 2006, who Schumer helped elect as head of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, and who he predicted would all hold their seats, appeared to have done just that, strengthening Schumer's hand in the Senate and guaranteeing him some close friends for any future leadership race.
Pennsylvania, the preferred destination for New Yorkers looking to help out in a swing state, might just matter in November after all.
A Quinnipiac poll out yesterday afternoon showed Mitt Romney narrowing the gap to four points among the state's likely voters, down from a 12-point lead for President Obama last month.
The Senate race is suddenly in doubt too, with incumbent Democrat Bob Casey endangered now by Republican businessman Tom Smith.(1)
In 2006, by which time George W. Bush was extremely unpopular, Chuck Schumer guided six Democratic Senate candidates to victory over Republican incumbents as his party took control of the Senate. Now his party has to defend them.
The new PAC includes seven of the 23 Democratic senators up for re-election next year, including Gillibrand, Joe Manchin, Jon Tester, Bob Casey, Tom Carper, and both Nelsons, Bill and Ben.