Story by Henry Powderly
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand will handily beat Republican challenger Wendy Long on Tuesday, winning her first full, six-year term since being appointed by former Gov. David Paterson in 2009, CNN,
CBS and The
New York Times are reporting.
Gillibrand was favored to win the race, and had garnered a huge fundraising advantage through the campaign season, pulling in $15 million compared to Wendy Long's nearly $800,000,
according to OpenSecret.org.
Long earned the Republican nod when she beat out Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos and U.S. Rep Bob Turner
in the 2102 primary.
After being selected by Paterson in 2009 to fill the Senate seat vacated when Hillary Rodham Clinton became Secretary of State, Gillibrand then faced a special election in 2010 against Republican
Joseph DioGuardi, which she won with 63 percent of the vote.