Last night, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was re-elected to her Senate seat as New York's junior Senator, handily winning over Republican challenger Wendy Long, with 72% of the vote.
Gillibrand was a "Blue Dog" Democrat appointed by Governor David Paterson to fill Hillary Clinton's Senate seat back in 2009. A mom of two who slept with rifles under the bed, she told supporters, "Tonight is an important night for the direction of our country. I can’t thank you enough for the honor and privilege of continuing to fight for New York families in the United States Senate." She also Tweeted, "Thank you, #NY! I'm honored you've voted for me to represent you in the US Senate for 6 more years!"
The Daily News points out that Long, with "anti-abortion and anti-gay marriage" views, "was never able to gain traction in the polls or with donors even as she became the darling of the state Conservative party." Gillibrand and Long both had to submit to an embarrassing question during their debate about whether they had read 50 Shades of Grey.