Joe DioGuardi 2010 Senate Race
This special election was held to select a new senator to replace former Senator Hillary Clinton, who had resigned to serve as Secretary of State in the Barack Obama administration. Congresswoman Kirsten Gillibrand from Hudson, NY was appointed by Governor David Paterson to fill the empty seat. Having not received the support of enough delegates at the Party’s convention, former Congressman Joe DioGuardi initially did not qualify for the Republican Primary, despite leading in primary polls and having the Conservative Party endorsement. Instead, DioGuardi filed over 25,000 petitions to get onto the primary ballot and was eligible to compete against Bruce Blakeman and David Malpass in the Republican primary. On September 14, 2010, DioGuardi defeated Blakeman and Malpass in the Republican Primary with nearly 42% of the vote. Gillibrand was the unelected incumbent in the race. She was required to run in a special election in 2010 for the remainder of Clinton’s term. DioGuardi(R) vs. Gillibrand (D) was the general election matchup. Kristen Gillibrand won with 63% of the vote.