Gillibrand Won't Face Primary Challenger

New York Rep. Carolyn Maloney is expected to announce Friday that she will not run in the primary for Senate against Kirsten Gillibrand, Governor David Paterson's appointed replacement for Hillary Clinton's seat. Early reports suggest that Maloney's decision was based on her desire to keep her current position of seniority in Congress, although influential Democrats like President Obama and Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York, have been urging potential challengers to stay out of the race, as they feared that too intense a primary battle would weaken Gillibrand against a Republican in the general election.