Democrat-heavy New York saw many races go for incumbents in the mid-term elections 2010. Here is a breakdown of returns as of Tuesday night:
Representatives Carolyn Maloney, Charles Rangel, Yvette Clark and Nydia Velasquez, all Democrats, handily defeated their opponents in their respective U.S. House races.
In the governor’s race, Democrat Andrew Cuomo coasted to victory (61.52 percent vs. 33.99 percent with 97 percent of precincts reporting) against challenger Carl Paladino.
In his victory speech, Cuomo sounded optimistic: “Yes we have challenges, yes we have to clean up Albany, yes we have to get the economy running. We have to rebuild trust with the people. we are going to do all that because we faced worse before. We are going to do it together, we are going to be united.”
Paladino had his baseball bat he had promised to bring to Albany and pleaded with Cuomo to take the handle and let New Yorkers help him get into the swing.
Senators Charles Schumer and Kristen Gillibrand also easily defeated their opponents, capturing 66 percent and 61 percent of the vote, respectively.
Schumer beat out Republican challenger Jay Townsend in his third term in office.
“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 late Tuesday.
Gillibrand told her supporters, “The challenges we face have never been greater. We need a better vision for New York.”