Senator Kirsten Gillibrand last week announced that her campaign currently has a ton of cash — about $9 million — on hand for her upcoming re-election campaign. Also last week, the results of a poll were released showing that Gillibrand has a considerable lead over all three of her possible Republican opponents.
Additionally, according to the Quinnipiac University poll, Gillibrand currently has a 60-percent approval rating — her highest approval rating since taking office.
In other words, the rookie senator seems like a shoo-in in this year’s election.
Three Republicans — Congressman Bob Turner, Manhattan attorney Wendy Long, and Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos — each hope to unseat the popular senator, despite the discouraging poll numbers.
Pitted against each of her potential opponents in the general election, Gillibrand leads Turner 57 percent to 27 percent, Maragos by 57 percent to 23 percent and Long by 58 percent to 25 percent, according to the poll.
However, as the poll’s director, Maurice Carroll, notes, “it’s seven long months until Election Day.”
Given Gillbrand’s current wave of popularity, we want to know what you think: do any GOP candidates stand a chance against her in November?
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on April 9, 2012