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Peter King Not Running For Senate, Further Boosting Gillibrand's Prospects For 2010

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Gillibrand has had a lot of good developments come her way in the past few weeks. Despite polls showing her facing tough races in both the primary and general elections, her potential opponents in each race have all bowed out.

In the case of the Democratic primary, the White House moved to clear the field by personally imploring challengers not to run, and it became clear that Democratic challengers would have a hard time raising money after all the top unions and other interest groups backed Gillibrand. For the general election, King realized that New York is a state that fundamentally favors the Democrat.