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United States Senate election in New York, 2004

United States Senate election in New York, 2004

November 2, 2004

Nominee Chuck Schumer Howard Mills
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 4,769,824 1,625,069
Percentage 71.2% 24.2%

County Results

Senator before election

Chuck Schumer

Elected Senator

Chuck Schumer

The 2004 United States Senate election in New York took place on November 2, 2004 along with elections to the United States Senate in other states as well as the presidential election, elections to the United States House of Representatives and various state and local elections. Incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer won re-election to a second term with 71.2% of the vote, a then-record margin of victory for any statewide candidate in New York's history. The record was surpassed by Kirsten Gillibrand when she won re-election to a first full term in 2012 with 72% of the vote.


  • Major candidates 1
    • Democratic 1.1
    • Republican 1.2
  • Campaign 2
  • Results 3
  • References 4

Major candidates




The Conservative Party of New York opposed Republican nominee Assemblyman Howard Mills due to his support of civil unions and abortion rights. [1] Instead, they supported ophthalmologist Marilyn O'Grady, a failed candidate for the seat representing New York's 4th congressional district United States House of Representatives in 2002.

Perennial candidate Abraham Hirschfeld, then 84 years old, ran for the office on a minor party line; it was the last campaign of his life, and he would die less than a year later.


Source: New York State Board of Elections General Election Results, Certified December 14, 2006
2004 United States Senate election, New York[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Chuck Schumer 4,384,907
Independence Chuck Schumer 216,198
Working Families Chuck Schumer 168,719
total Chuck Schumer (inc.) 4,769,824 71.2
Republican Howard Mills 1,625,069 24.2
Conservative Marilyn O'Grady 220,960 3.3
Green David McReynolds 36,942 0.3
Libertarian Don Silberger 19,073 0.3
Builders Party Abe Hirschfeld 16,196 0.2
Socialist Workers Martin Koppel 14,811 0.2
Majority 3,144,755 46.92%
Democratic hold Swing

Source: David Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections[3]

Per New York State law, Schumer's totals include minor party line votes: Independence Party (216,198) and Working Families Party (168,719) for Schumer.

Schumer's 71.2% of the vote is the highest total in New York election history. He won a majority of the vote in every county in the state besides Hamilton County.


  1. ^ "Conservatives Have Their Own Senate Candidate". New York Times. 2004-05-12. Retrieved 2013-10-15. 
  2. ^ "Statistics of the Presdential and Congressional Election of November 2, 2004". Retrieved 2013-10-15. 
  3. ^ [1]
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