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Schumer (D) Holds More Than 20-Point Lead in New York Senate Race

New York Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer is running comfortably ahead of his Republican challenger in the first look at his bid for reelection since last week's party primaries.

A telephone survey of Likely New York voters finds Schumer picking up 58% of the vote to Jay Townsend’s 35%. Three percent (3%) prefer some other candidate in the race, and four percent (4%) are undecided.

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

In mid-June, Schumer led Townsend 54% to 33%. Townsend, a communications consultant, beat former CIA officer Gary Berntsen last week to claim the GOP gubernatorial nomination. Schumer was unchallenged.

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.

Eighty-three percent (83%) of New York Democrats support Schumer, while 70% of the state's GOP voters back Townsend. The two run even 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 September 16, 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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