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United States Senate election in New York, 2000

Election NameUnited States Senate election in New York, 2000
CountryNew York
Previous ElectionUnited States Senate election in New York, 1994
Previous Year1994
Next ElectionUnited States Senate election in New York, 2006
Next Year2006
Election DateNovember 7, 2000
Nominee1Hillary Rodham Clinton
Party1Democratic Party (United States)
Popular Vote13,747,310
Nominee2Rick Lazio
Party2Republican Party (United States)
Popular Vote22,915,730
Map ImageNYSen00Counties.png
Map Size200px
Map CaptionCounty Results
Before ElectionDaniel Patrick Moynihan
Before PartyDemocratic Party (United States)
After ElectionHillary Clinton
After PartyDemocratic Party (United States)

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The United States Senate election in New York in 2000 was held on November 7, 2000. First Lady of the United States Hillary Rodham Clinton, the first First Lady to run for political office, defeated Congressman Rick Lazio. The general election coincided with the 2000 U.S. presidential election.

The race began in November 1998 when four-term incumbent New York Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan announced his retirement. Both the Democratic Party and Republican Party sought high-profile candidates to compete for the open seat. By early 1999 Clinton and Mayor of New York City Rudy Giuliani were the likely respective nominees. The lead in statewide polls swung from Clinton to Giuliani and back to Clinton as the campaigns featured successful strategies, mistakes, and dealing with current events. In late April and May 2000, Giuliani's medical, romantic, marital, and political lives all collided in a tumultuous four-week period, culminating in his withdrawing from the race.

The Republicans chose lesser-known Congressman Rick Lazio to replace him. The election included a record $90 million in campaign expenditures between Clinton, Lazio, and Giuliani and national visibility. Clinton showed strength in normally Republican upstate areas and a debate blunder by Lazio solidified Clinton's previously shaky support among women. Clinton won the election in November 2000 with 55 percent of the vote to Lazio's 43 percent.

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