Radical leftist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), who has positioned herself as one of the most well-known members of her party, is one such candidate who might be thinking about running against Gillibrand. Although it’s unclear if Ocasio-Cortez is thinking about running for the Senate, some political analysts believe she’d have a good chance.
“She was capable. Ryan Adams, a Democratic adviser, told the New York Post, “Oh, my God, could she do it. Gillibrand would be difficult to defeat. The junior senator was reelected in 2018 with 67% of the vote, and she already has more than $4 million in campaign cash on hand.
But Ocasio-Cortez has also established herself as a formidable rival. The New York Democrat now has more than $5.4 million in campaign finances, which, in Adams’ opinion, would increase dramatically if she decided to run for office.
“The money that would flow in from all around the country if she ran for the Senate would easily make her competitive. No one runs campaigns quite like her. Everyone would show up, he predicted. “The machinery that would emerge around her would be impregnable. People would fly in to volunteer with her from different states.
Rep. Ritchie Torres (D-NY), who has risen to more influential positions in the House over the past few years, may also pose a strong challenge to Gillibrand’s bid for reelection.
There are rumblings in Torres’ circles that are pushing him to eventually run for the Senate, a close friend of the politician said the outlet.
Speaking for the New York Democrat, Gillibrand’s spokesperson expressed confidence in her chances of winning reelection despite potential intraparty challenges to her campaign.
“Senator Gillibrand has delivered for the people of New York,” said spokesman Evan Lukaske. “From making gun trafficking a federal felony to ensuring health benefits for 9/11 survivors and our veterans to bringing home millions of dollars to strengthen the economy.” She is certain that New Yorkers will elect her again.
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