Gillibrand cruises to victory in New York Senate race

Gillibrand cruises to victory in New York Senate race
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Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandGroup aiming to draft Beto O’Rourke unveils first 2020 video The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Day 27 of the shutdown | Cohen reportedly paid company to rig online polls, boost his own image | Atlantic publishes ‘Impeach Donald Trump’ cover story Gillibrand to attend Women's March Iowa after announcing 2020 bid MORE (D-N.Y.) cruised to reelection on Tuesday, easily securing her upper chamber seat for another term.

Her win against Republican challenger Chele Farley was expected, with polls indicating a wide margin of victory leading up to Nov. 6. The Cook Political Report had also rated the New York Senate race as a “solid” Democratic race.

Gillibrand, who took former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDershowitz to The Atlantic: Do not violate Constitution to safeguard it Why Joe Biden (or any moderate) cannot be nominated GOP Rep. Tom Marino resigns from Congress MORE’s Senate seat in 2009, has been rumored as a potential presidential candidate in 2020. 

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During her reelection campaign, the Democratic incumbent tried to shut down speculation that she is eyeing a run for the Oval Office — stating that she would not leave her Senate seat early if reelected.

“I will serve my six-year term,” Gillibrand said last month during a debate against Farley, who serves as the financial chair for New York’s Republican Party.

Gillibrand gained more widespread name recognition during the height of the “Me Too” movement, emerging as one of the senators leading the charge against sexual misconduct in both Congress and other workplaces.