Island Vote 2012: Experts predict victory for Sen. Gillibrand

An important election race could be a landslide victory for one New York Democrat. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is challenged by Republican newcomer Wendy Long, but

WOODBURY - An important election race could be a landslide victory for one New York Democrat. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is challenged by Republican newcomer Wendy Long, but many say the Democrat already has this election in the bag. Gillibrand was appointed in 2009 to fill Hillary Clinton's term. The Democrat says the 9/11 bill, which provides health care for Ground Zero workers, was her crowning achievement. Manhattan attorney Long is new to politics, but claims she'll get more economic help for middle class families and businesses than Gillibrand. Political experts say the most important factors in a Senate candidate's victory include incumbency, name recognition and lots of money to advertise, all of which Gillibrand seems to have. But Long, a political newcomer, suffers from a lack of funds and name recognition. Meanwhile, a recent Marist survey says Gillibrand is leading Long 68 to 24.Island Vote 2012: Complete Series

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