Spin Cycle

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Buried in a recent Marist poll of New Yorkers is a surprising finding: Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) has almost the same name recognition as Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) had after five years as a senator: 89 percent for Gillibrand, 90 percent for Schumer.

The big difference: Schumer began his tenure in 1999 at 74 percent; Gillibrand began hers in 2009 at 50 percent.

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But it took Gillibrand two statewide elections — in 2010 and 2012 — to Schumer’s one in 1998 for her to catch him.

Marist numbers can be found by clicking here.