Democrats Kirsten Gillibrand and Chuck Schumer last night overcame the national anti-incumbent wave, sliding to victories in U.S. Senate races in New York.
Both had reclaimed their seats by large margins, exit polls showed as of press time.
In her victory speech, Gillibrand thanked Republican challenger Joe DioGuardi and gave a shout-out to Gov. David Paterson, who appointed her to Hillary Clinton’s seat in January 2009.
“I want to see ‘Made in America’ again right here in New York state,” the 43-year-old junior senator said of her plan to create jobs. “We need to start by cutting taxes for small businesses so they can get loans to grow.”
Gillibrand was beating DioGuardi 62 percent to 35 percent in exit polling as of press time with 64 percent of the vote counted.
Schumer, 59, who bested Republican opponent Jay Townsend for a third term in Washington, promised New Yorkers that “the best is yet to come.”
He netted 65 percent of the vote over Townsend’s 33 percent as of press time with 65 percent of the vote tallied.
“You New Yorkers have shown over and over again the intelligence, the tenacity and the optimistic spirit that makes New York the greatest state in the nation,” Schumer said.