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Democrats officially tap Schumer for re-election

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Posted at 3:47 PM, Feb 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-29 15:47:33-05

New York Democrats have nominated Sen. Charles Schumer to run for a fourth term.

State Democratic Committee members unanimously backed Schumer on Monday during a meeting in Westchester County.

Schumer appears to be in a comfortable position with eight months to go before the November election. His favorability ratings remain good in a state where Democrats outnumber Republicans two-to-one and he has $24 million in his campaign account.

The Brooklyn native also is poised to take over the leadership of the Senate's Democrats following the retirement of Minority Leader Harry Reid after the election.

Schumer says he will continue to focus on helping the middle class.

New York Republicans will hold their nominating convention on Friday in Buffalo.