Senator Kirsten Gillibrand appears to have broken the record for a New York Senate candidate last night, when she won 72 percent of the vote in her race for a full six-year term.
The previous record was 71.2 percent of the vote, by her senior colleague, Chuck Schumer, in 2004.
Eliot Spitzer holds the record for a statewide candidate, with 79 percent of the vote in 2006.(1)
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand can finally, officially, relax.
The Associated Press called Gillibrand's victory over Republican Wendy Long immediately after the polls closed, before any precincts had reported, bringing to an end a perpetual campaign that spanned three years and two cycles.
In her victory speech, she talked less about politics than about the impact from Hurricane Sandy.
Wendy Long, the Republican Senate candidate trailing Kirsten Gillibrand by a wide margin, went out with one last media hit this morning, accusing a Manhattan poll worker of voter fraud.
Long appeared on Laura Ingraham's radio show for a brief interview about her experience voting in Manhattan this morning, where Long says a poll worker gave her instructions that would have registered votes for the Democratic candidates.(2)
President Obama's October slide is hurting Democratic candidates across the country and dimming the party's hopes of re-taking the House, according to pollsters and operatives who talked to Politico.
But in New York, the president's coattails seem to be getting longer.
New York's Conservative Party is doing what it can to help out its candidate for U.S. Senate, Wendy Long.
The group reported spending $24,000 today on robocalls to benefit Long, who overwhelmingly won the party's endorsement earlier this year.
Despite a massive lead in fund-raising and in the polls, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand isn't saving much money for her next run in six years.
Gillibrand raised $1.4 million in the latest fund-raising quarter, for a total haul of $15.2 million this cycle, according to her campaign.
But, with three ads currently running across New York, and with more time booked for future ads, her campaign reported just $2.58 million in cash on hand, which means she has spent nearly $8 million since the end of June.
Rick Santorum endorsed four candidates for the U.S. Senate today through his Patriot Voices PAC, and among them was Wendy Long, the Republican candidate running against Kirsten Gillibrand.
By way of introduction, Santorum said that all the endorsed candidates, which include George Allen in Virginia, Josh Mandel in Ohio and Tom Smith in Pennsylvania, share his commitment "to lowering taxes, protecting life at every stage, promoting the traditional family and a belief that the individual should have the power--not the government."
A week after she debuted an upstate ad about manufacturing, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is out with a new television ad, running in the New York City market, in which she talks about her efforts to bring transparency to Washingotn.
Gillibrand has made transparency a theme of her time in the Senate, and the positive spot says she "took on my own party to end automatic congressional pay raises," and mentions her publicly available schedules and tax returns, and her efforts to help pass the STOCK Act to prevent insider trading in Congress.
She leads her Republican challenger, attorney Wendy Long, by a wide margin, which has afforded Gillibrand the opportunity to run exclusively soft focus, highly positive spots intended to boost her name recognition and approval ratings.
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is up with her first television ad of the campaign, a spot designed for upstate audiences that emphasizes her commitment to American manufacturing.
The 30-second ad features Gillibrand walking through a manufacturing plant, talking about why it's important, and how she voted against some tax breaks for companies that outsourced jobs.
Her Republican opponent, Manhattan attorney Wendy Long, has made a push upstate too, concentrating her efforts on the conservative voters who populate the region, and helped her defeat sitting congressman Bob Turner in the June primary.
But Gillibrand has always been relatively popular upstate.
Wendy Long, the Republican candidate for Senate who doubles as a legal adviser to Mitt Romney, disagreed with Romney's comments to a Florida fund-raising reception that the 47 percent of the country that doesn't pay federal income taxes and plans to vote for President Obama are a hopelessly dependent lot with a victim mentality.
"Now I don't believe that a lot of people in the 47 percent who are not paying taxes, want to be there," she told Fred Dicker this morning, in an appearance on his radio show.(1)
Wendy Long got a boost from Texas senator John Cornyn today.
"Wendy Long would make an outstanding addition to the U.S. Senate, and I believe she is the perfect candidate to break the Democrat stranglehold on New York," Cornyn said in a statement emailed by Long's campaign. "I endorse her with enthusiasm and believe with her platform of Jobs, Freedom, and Accountability she can win this race."
At an endorsement event for Wendy Long this morning, three Republicans and a Conservative insisted Paul Ryan would be a helpful counterpoint to Democrats up and down the ballot.
"We need reform, Ryan has put together a plan that does just that," said congressman Bob Turner, who was there to offer his official endorsement of Long, and was joined by Republican chairman Ed Cox and Conservative Party chairman Mike Long.
"Is it a bitter pill? Well, we'll let the survivors decide.
The former governor, who remains one of the last Republicans to win statewide, had made the trip down to the city to endorse Wendy Long, the Republican Senate candidate running against Kirsten Gillibrand.
Long is still struggling to boost her name recognition for the race, and the event marked a rare Manhattan appearance, after Long won the Republican primary last month mostly by courting conservative upstate voters.(2)
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand released five years of her tax returns this afternoon.
Filing jointly with her husband Jonathan, an investor, the couple reported just over $165,000 in adjusted gross income last year, and paid over $38,000 in New York and federal taxes, for an effective tax rate of 17 percent.(1)