NEW YORK – Sen. Charles E. Schumer won a fourth term Tuesday, handily defeating Wendy Long, a Republican lawyer from New York City.
Schumer, who prides himself on annual visits to every county in the state, weekly conference calls with upstate reporters and New York City news conferences every Sunday, is in line to become majority leader if Democrats win a minimum of four additional Senate seats in Tuesday’s election.
Long waged an under-the-radar race, echoing the concerns of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. In particular, she stressed a get-tough approach to immigration, saying open borders were to blame for everything from joblessness to crime to the heroin epidemic.
Nevertheless, Long suffered her second crushing Senate defeat in four years. In 2012, Long lost to Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand, D-N.Y., by a record margin of 46 points. This year, lost to Schumer by a similar margin.
Schumer, of Brooklyn, first won the Senate seat in 1998. He has glided to re-election every six years ever since.
2016 election results:
- Clinton wins Erie County despite Trump appeal to Democrats 'left behind'
- Republicans likely to keep control of New York State Senate
- Democrat Flynn takes DA title in convincing style
- Jacobs wins 60th District State Senate seat
- GOP incumbent Reed turns aside challenge in 23rd Congressional District
- Incumbent Assemblyman Raymond Walter clings to slim lead
- Higgins, Collins cruise to re-election victories
- Morinello upsets Ceretto; Wallace defeats Sugg
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