February 11th, 2009
12:20 PM ET
9 years ago

New York special election set for March 31



(CNN) - New York Gov. David Paterson announced Wednesday that a special election to fill Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s former House seat will take place on March 31.

Gillibrand represented New York’s 20th congressional district until last month, when she was tapped to replace the departing Hillary Clinton in the Senate.

The special election pits Democrat Scott Murphy, a venture capitalist, against Republican Jim Tedisco, the New York General Assembly minority leader.

Both national parties are likely to pump resources into the race - but new Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele has vowed to compete especially hard in the traditionally conservative district.

Steele told PolitickerNY earlier this month that the contest will be “a battle royale.”

Filed under: David Paterson • Kirsten Gillibrand
soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Cathy Jakicic

    Are we referring to all US senators by their first names in captions or just the women? I I hope this is a glitch with my browser and not CNN policy.

    February 11, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  2. New Yorker

    Not gonna be a "battle royale"....more of a blood bath. The GOP better be thanking Gov. Paterson for this one. Sadly the Dem's don't stand much of a chance.

    Hopefuly Tedisco will loose his re-election bid.

    February 11, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  3. obama all the way


    February 11, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  4. RealityKing

    The politics of corruption.., progressive style.

    February 11, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  5. S Callahan

    Sadly, he will loose.....too much pandering for the voters

    February 11, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  6. Dave, MN

    Since Caroline is not the Senator, I really don't want to hear anymore. Paterson made a mistake.

    February 11, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  7. political junkie

    This is so screwed up. They should have done a "special election"
    to fill Hillary Clinton's Senate seat, and Obama's senate seat, etc.
    In my opinion – you can't trust the governors judgement with this responsibility. So if they do this for the House, why not the Senate???

    February 11, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  8. Walter

    Special election? Hah! More like Special Olympics given who's involved.

    February 11, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  9. Nick

    Is There anyone more willing to divide this country more than it already is, then Mike Steele? Hopefully, his actions will eventually be more detrimental to the Republican party ,than his efforts to make inroads into the Democratic base.

    February 11, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  10. Fan of Common Sense

    Thank God for our new NRA senator. Not ALL Democrats are anti-Constitution, anti-American imbeciles.

    February 11, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |