New York - U.S. Senate

as of September 20

The Candidates

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Charles Schumer

  • Democrat (Incumbent)
  • Birthdate: November 23, 1950
  • Residence: Brooklyn, NY

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Jay Townsend

  • Republican
  • Birthdate: July 24, 1954
  • Residence: Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY

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Previous Results

    New York U.S. Senate (2004)

    Candidate Party Votes %
    Charles Schumer WOR 4,769,824 71.2%
    Howard Mills REP 1,625,069 24.2%
    Marilyn O'Grady CON 220,960 3.3%
    David McReynolds GRE 36,942 0.6%
    Donald Silberger LIB 19,073 0.3%
    Abraham Hirschfeld BUI 16,196 0.2%
    Martin Koppel SOC 14,811 0.2%

    U.S. President: New York (2008)

    Candidate Party Votes %
    Barack Obama DEM 4,804,945 62.9%
    John McCain REP 2,752,771 36%
    Ralph Nader POP 41,249 0.5%
    Bob Barr LIB 19,596 0.3%
    Cynthia McKinney GRE 12,801 0.2%
    Roger Calero SOC 3,615 0%
    Gloria La Riva SOC 1,639 0%

    state Election Profile

Source: Associated Press

Recent Analysis

Sep 20, 2010

Schumer Has Little To Fear In New York

Charles Schumer, first elected in 1998, is seeking a third term. The Democrat from Brooklyn is a legendary fundraiser who has had a love affair with the TV cameras ever since his first election to the House in 1980. But he found himself in the uncomfortable position of fighting for coverage after Hillary Clinton was elected to the Senate from New York in 2000. With Clinton gone, off to Foggy Bottom, Schumer is the dominant politician in the state. Jay Townsend, a communications consultant who upset former CIA operative (and Tea Party favorite) Gary Berntsen in the primary, is Schumer's overmatched Republican opponent.
-Ken Rudin

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