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Democrats officially tap Schumer for re-election bid

March 1, 2016 Associated Press
U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer is a Brooklyn native. Eagle file photo by Bill Kotsatos
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New York Democrats have nominated U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer, a Brooklyn native, to run for a fourth term.

State Democratic Committee members unanimously backed Schumer on Monday during a meeting in Westchester County.

Schumer appears to be in a comfortable position with eight months to go before the November election. His favorability ratings remain good in a state where Democrats outnumber Republicans two-to-one and he has $24 million in his campaign account.

The senator also is poised to take over the leadership of the Senate’s Democrats following the retirement of Minority Leader Harry Reid after the election.

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Schumer says he will continue to focus on helping the middle class.

New York Republicans will hold their nominating convention on Friday in Buffalo.

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