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Schumer Wins Re-Election to Second Term

By Associated Press

New York City, NY – U.S. Senator Charles Schumer, who rolled to re-election in New York, says he has offered to get together for coffee with his main rival, Republican Assemblyman Howard Mills.

Schumer said that Mills phoned to concede shortly after polls closed Tuesday night, was gracious and congratulated him.

Says the incumbent Democrat, "I said, if he liked, we could have a cup of coffee and talk things over, issues related to Orange County that we could work on, and he said, 'Great.'"

In his concession speech, the Orange County state legislator Mills called the campaign "the greatest experience of my political life."

Conservative Party challenger Marilyn O'Grady, a Long Island ophthalmologist, finished third. She said that Schumer and Mills were too liberal on social issues, especially on abortion rights and civil unions for gay couples.