Gillibrand enjoys electoral good fortune
GalleriesU.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand
So far, Kirsten Gillibrand has led a charmed political life.
With a small portion of eligible Republicans having just picked Wendy Long to oppose her, Gillibrand starts out as the clear favorite in November to keep her once-appointed U.S. Senate seat for a full six-year term.
She pushes and she hustles. Her campaign promptly attacks critics. She's cemented powerful alliances.