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03/13/2012 01:22 pm ET | Updated Mar 16, 2012

Bob Turner To Challenge Kirsten Gillibrand For Senate Seat

Congressman Bob Turner has announced to fellow Republicans his intent on challenging Senator Kirsten Gillibrand in this year's upcoming election.

Turner said in a statement, "There is serious work to be done to get this economy back on track, and I will not walk away from that work now. I will run for the Senate, and I will run to win."

As Politico notes, Turner's senatorial ambitions are likely the result of redistricting plans in which his current position are said to be removed.

Three other Republicans will be vying for Gillibrand's seat including Long Island comptroller George Maragos, New York City attorney Wendy Long and Westchester supervisor Joe Carvin.

Turner made national headlines in 2011 by beating Democrat David Weprin in New York's special election to fill former Congressman Anthony Weiner's seat who resigned after admitting to accidentally tweeting racy photos of his erection to a woman.

Although a close race, Turner's victory seemed to signal President Obama's weakening popularity in traditionally blue districts such as the 9th Congressional District in New York City.

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CORRECTION: In an earlier version of this story, David Weprin was misidentified.

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