Live Results: Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, who is fighting to retain Democratic control of Congress' upper chamber, faces off against Republican Joe Pinion

  • In Politics
  • 2022-11-08 23:01:51Z
  • By Business Insider
  • Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer is running against Republican Joe Pinion in New York's Senate race.

  • Schumer is working to extend his run as senate majority leader by at least two more years.

  • Pinion lost his last campaign, a 2018 bid for a New York assembly seat, by 20 points.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer seeks a 5th Senate term - and some much needed breathing room in the 50-50 Senate - while facing off against longshot Republican hopeful Joe Pinion.


New York's US Senate candidates

Schumer left Washington on a high this August, returning to the campaign trail with a string of hard-fought legislative victories that swung the political conversation toward Democrats possibly keeping control of the narrowly divided Senate after months of downbeat headlines portraying a GOP takeover as almost inevitable. He helped generate a momentum shift by logging legislative wins on gun reform, veterans' health, microchip production, and a President Joe Biden-backed reconciliation package that was almost two years in the making.

Critics dinged Schumer for devoting more time early in the 117th Congress fending off potential progressive primary challengers rather than trying to outmaneuver Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Pinion, who didn't have to endure a GOP primary this year, previously ran for a New York State Assembly seat in 2018. He lost by 20 points to then-Democratic newcomer Nader Sayegh.

Voting history in New York

Schumer has held the seat since 1999, serving as Senate minority leader throughout the Trump administration. The four-term lawmaker claimed the leadership gavel in January 2021 after Democratic Sens. Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock of Georgia won their run-off races to flip control of the chamber from Republican rule.

Biden beat Donald Trump in the Empire State by nearly 2 million votes in 2020. Schumer got 71% of the vote during his 2016 reelection bid.

The money race

According to OpenSecrets, Schumer has a massive cash advantage: He's raised $40.2 million, spent $35.5 million, and has $15.4 million of cash on hand, as of October 19. His opponent, Pinion, has raised $444,000, spent $432,000, and has about $12,000 cash on hand, as of October 19.

As of November 7, a half-dozen super PACs and other non-candidate groups had combined to spend about $83,000, mostly to advocate against Schumer - a meager amount by US Senate race standards and an indication the race is not competitive.

What experts say

The race between Schumer and Pinion was rated as "Solid Democratic" by Inside Elections and The Cook Political Report, and "Safe Democratic" by Sabato's Crystal Ball at the University of Virginia Center for Politics.


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