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Election 2010: New York Senate

New York Senate: Schumer (D) Still Far Outdistances Townsend (R)

New York Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer, already reportedly sizing up the majority leader's job should Harry Reid lose on Election Day, appears comfortably on his way to reelection.

The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in New York shows Schumer with a near two-to-one lead - 59% to 31% - over his Republican challenger, communications consultant Jay Townsend. Five percent (5%) prefer some other candidate, and five percent (5%) more remain undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.) 

The race is still Solid Democratic in the Rasmussen Reports Election 2010 Balance of Power rankings.

Last month, Schumer held a 58% to 36% lead over Townsend following the state’s party primaries. The first survey of the race in June found Schumer leading 54% to 33%. 

Schumer is running for his third term in the Senate. He easily won reelection in 2004 with 70% of the vote in the biggest landslide in the state’s senatorial election history.

The incumbent is backed by 86% of Democrats, while Townsend draws support from 61% of Republicans. Schumer holds a slight lead among voters not affiliated with either major political party.

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The survey of 500 Likely Voters in New York was conducted on October 19, 2010 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 4.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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