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Wendy Long to challenge Chuck Schumer for his U.S. Senate seat

Wendy Long is shown in a file photo

Wendy Long is shown in a file photo taken on Oct. 23, 2012. Credit: Chris Ware

Republican attorney Wendy Long, who lost a lopsided race to Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand four years ago, said Wednesday she will run against New York’s Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer as he makes his bid for a fourth term.

“I am going to run,” Long said in a telephone call. Her official announcement will be made Thursday on her website wendylong.com.

Long is the only one to step forward as a candidate willing to run against Schumer.

She is expected to win backing Friday from the New York State Republican Party at its 2016 convention in Buffalo and from the New York Conservative Party on Saturday.

On Monday Long filed a papers to create a campaign finance committee called “Wendy Long 2016” with the Federal Election Commission. She changed her twitter account to the same name and to describe herself as “Candidate for United States Senate in NY and mother of 2.”

Long is considered a long shot, given Schumer’s wide name-recognition, high approval ratings and a bankroll of $24 million for his campaign.

But Anthony Casale, a special advisor to NY GOP chairman Ed Cox, said Long would attract funds from local and national donors seeking to block Schumer from becoming the next Senate Democratic leader.

Long will be taking on Schumer in a presidential year in which two New Yorkers, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, may well face off.

With Long, New York Republicans will have a conservative woman candidate with campaign experience as they fight for to retain control of the state Senate.

She is being assisted by Jay Townsend, a GOP political consultant who lost to Schumer in 2010.

In 2012, Long won 26 percent of the vote in her campaign against Gillibrand.

Long and Schumer have battled before. In 2005, as counsel of the Judicial Confirmation Network, Long fought for Senate approval of Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito. Schumer led the Senate opposition to both.

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