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Times Union, Will Waldron, Associated Press
Wendy Long, a Manhattan attorney who is the Republican senate candidate, holds a news conference Monday, Aug. 13, 2012 at the Capitol in Albany N.Y. Long is far behind in her challenge to Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand. The conservatve New York City attorney hopes to change that dynamic in the campaign's home stretch.

ALBANY, N.Y. — Republican Senate candidate Wendy Long is a steadfast conservative running in a reliably Democratic state. By the usual measures used to assess political races — polls, money, name recognition — Long is far behind incumbent Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand.

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With Election Day looming Nov. 6, Long says she is confident that she is going to start gaining momentum as voters begin to focus on the race.

This summer, Gillibrand reported 100 times more campaign cash than Long. A Quinnipiac poll in September reported Gillibrand up 37 points. That same poll found almost three-quarters of the voters didn't know enough about Long to form an opinion.

But an unaffiliated group known as a super PAC debuted an ad in upstate markets this week echoing Long's attacks on Gillibrand.