Candidate Long takes her shot with local voters

Jul 18, 2012

Wendy Long, the Republican candidate looking to unseat U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, met briefly with reporters in Buffalo Tuesday.  
Siena Research Institute's Greenberg says Long gained no momentum from last month's GOP primary. Greenberg says Gillibrand has a commanding 62-to-25-percent lead over her challenger.

"Wendy Long has a very steep, uphill climb," Greenberg said.   

After a campaign swing across New York, Long spoke to reporters at the Buffalo Airport before flying back to New York City.  

"I've spent a lot of time on the ground here in Erie County. I've been at Amherst at a dinner and a at debate right before the primary. I intend to be back frequently."   

Long says what she represents is getting the economy back on track, getting government off the back of job creators and the middle class, and allowing opportunity and jobs to flourish. She says her message isn't just beginning to resonate, it's deeply felt across the state.  

"It's not just Republicans and Conservatives. I've talked to Democrats.  I'm getting campaign contributions from Democrats."   

But she's still nearly $10 million behind Gillibrand who, according to Siena's latest poll, also has 49-to-24 percent favorability rating over Long.