US Sen. Chuck Schumer was elected to a fifth term on Tuesday, easily defeating a Republican political commentator, but will wait to know if he will be able to retain his title as Senate majority leader.
The 71-year-old Brooklyn native defeated Joe Pinion, who hosted an event on conservative TV channel Newsmax and faced long odds in a state where Democrats outnumber Republicans.
At an election night gathering for New York Governor Kathy Hochul, while awaiting news on her own campaign results, Schumer promised the crowd, “I will continue this fight as long as it takes time to win it. “
On social media, he said, “It’s an honor of a lifetime to represent New York in the US Senate. New York, thank you for believing in me and giving me the opportunity to serve and serve you!”
While Schumer’s lack of suspense in the race will likely remain on the edge of his seat overnight, closely monitoring race returns elsewhere will determine whether Democrats or Republicans control the Senate in 2023.
If Republicans win, Schumer’s term as majority leader will end.
Schumer first won election to the Senate in 1998 after nine terms in the House of Representatives. He became the majority leader in the Senate last year thanks to Vice President Kamala Harris’s tie-breaking vote, split 50-50 After the November 2020 election.
Schumer has used his party’s weak majority to pass key legislation, including: bipartisan gun violence bill l and of President Joe Biden Health, Climate and Economic Package,
Back home in New York, Schumer is known for her Sunday news conferences on bread-and-butter issues, from food safety to robocalls to the dangers of teen vaping. His topic on a recent Sunday was shrinking seats on commercial airliners.
Schumer defeated his opponents by wide margins in his 2004, 2010 and 2016 election campaigns.
Pinion, 39, served as a spokesman for a conservative organization that supports “free market” solutions to climate change, and as a political commentator, most recently as host of the “Saturday Agenda” on Newsmax. in the form of.
Schumer was confident of his win this year Transfer $15 million Other Democratic Senate candidates from his campaign account and the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee, the party’s campaign arm for senators.