06/15/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Obama Clears The Field For Gillibrand In New York

President Obama has cleared the Democratic primary field for Senator Kirsten Gillibrand in New York, two Democrats said, asking Rep. Steve Israel not to challenge her in the primary.

"The President doesn't want a messy primary in New York when those resources can better be spent elsewhere," one New York Democrat said.

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