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Kirsten Gillibrand. Photo: Mark Kurtz
Kirsten Gillibrand. Photo: Mark Kurtz

Gillibrand winds landslide victory in US Senate Race

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Democratic New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand won a landslide victory over Republican Wendy Long on Tuesday. By some reports, Gillibrand won the largest percentage in New York history. Gillibrand got 72 percent of the vote, capturing 60 of the state's 62 counties.

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Julie Grant
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The win gives Gillibrand her first six-year term since replacing Hillary Clinton. She was in the unusual position of facing the voters twice in two years. In 2009, she was appointed by then-Governor David Paterson to replace Hillary Rodham Clinton, who became secretary of state. In 2010, Gillibrand won the right to complete the final two years of Clinton's term.

Gillibrand gave a somber acceptance speech Tuesday, focusing on the heavy toll Superstorm Sandy has taken on New Yorkers.

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