Kirsten Gillibrand Re-Elected in New York Senate Race


Kirsten Gillibrand has been elected to her first full six-year term in the New York Senate.

The Democratic incumbent defeated her Republican challenger, Wendy Long, to retain her seat. Gillibrand had previously been appointed to fill Hillary Clinton's Senate seat.

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As a congressional representative from Long Island, Gillibrand was known as a centrist lawmaker, but after she was appointed to fill Clinton's seat, she became more progressive.

Her key role in securing abolition of don't-ask-don't-tell helped make her a strong Hollywood favorite, with supporters including Anna Wintour, Susan Sarandon, Martina Navratilova and Barbra Streisand.

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