UFC-supported, Nevada Senator Harry Reid survived a close battle for his seat in the U.S. Senate. Reid and Dana White actually voted together. Reid has assisted the UFC in attempting to persuade NY to pass Legislation legalizing MMA.
Andrew Cuomo defeated Carl Paladino to become New York’s Governor. Although he has no official position on MMA, Zuffa donated to his campaign. This could mean that Governor Cuomo would entertain the idea of MMA legislation.
NY Assemblyman Steven Engelbright retained his seat in NY’s Fourth District. In the past, Engelbert has sponsored bills supporting MMA.
Those hoping for a step forward in legalizing mixed martial arts in New York were disappointed Tuesday night, as incumbent representative Bob Reilly was re-elected in a close race with Republican nominee Jennifer Whalen to his seat in the New York State Assembly in the 2010 mid-term elections.
The 109th District Assemblyman has been NY’s leading voice in opposing legislation that would allow MMA in New York Statee, opposing multiple bills proposing the sport's legalization in New York.
NY Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver won reelection Tuesday. Although Silver has not given an official position on MMA legislation, he is a close ally of Reilly.
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