New York - U.S. Senate

as of September 20

This is a special election to fill Hillary Clinton's former seat.

The Candidates

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Kirsten Gillibrand

  • Democrat (Incumbent)
  • Birthdate: December 9, 1966
  • Residence: Greenport, NY

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Joe DioGuardi

  • Republican
  • Birthdate: September 20, 1940
  • Residence: Ossining, NY

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Previous Results

    New York U.S. Senate (2006)

    Candidate Party Votes %
    Hillary Clinton DEM 3,008,428 67%
    John Spencer REP 1,392,189 31%
    Howie Hawkins GRE 55,469 1.2%
    Jeffrey Russell LIB 20,996 0.5%
    Roger Calero SOC 6,967 0.2%
    William Van Auken SOC 6,004 0.1%

    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%

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Source: Associated Press

Recent Analysis

Sep 20, 2010

A Full Term Likely For Gillibrand

Kirsten Gillibrand (D), appointed in 2009, was the surprise choice to replace Hillary Clinton, who left the Senate to become secretary of state in the Obama administration. An upstate member of the House in her second term with conservative views on guns and immigration, Gillibrand -- who moved to the left since her appointment -- was expected to face a serious battle in the Democratic primary. But pressure from the White House and Sen. Charles Schumer kept away all serious challengers, which at one time included countless numbers of the state's congressional delegation, as well as former Tennessee Rep. Harold Ford Jr. Meanwhile, the state Republican Party failed to take advantage of any dissension; their preferred candidate, former Long Island lawmaker Bruce Blakeman, finished third in the primary won by Joe DioGuardi, a former two-term congressman from Westchester County who lost his seat more than two decades ago. -Ken Rudin

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