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Potential Hillary Challenger Gets Gov.'s Support

Outgoing New York Gov. George Pataki (R) threw his support behind the Senate candidacy of former Westchester County district attorney Jeanine Pirro this afternoon, further cementing her status as the frontrunner for the GOP nomination.

"Jeanine is a New Yorker at heart, and we know we can count on her toughness and determination to get things done for us in Washington," said Pataki. "I am proud to support her and know that she will make a great United States Senator for all New Yorkers."

Pataki's endorsement comes less than a week after former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani (R) called Pirro a "superior" candidate, although Hizzoner stopped short of a formal endorsement. 

Aside from Pirro, attorneys Ed Cox and William Brenner, as well as former Yonkers mayor John Spencer, are seeking the Republican nomination.

If Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D) continues to raise money at her current pace, it may not matter whom they pick to run against her. From July 1 to Sept. 30, Clinton raised $5.2 million, ending the period with nearly $14 million on hand. (A sidenote for Hillary watchers: During a fundraising swing in Los Angeles on Thursday, Clinton stopped by the daytime talk show "Ellen" to tape a segment that aired today.

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 14, 2005; 1:51 PM ET
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