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Hillary Rodham Clinton was the first First Lady to run for and be elected to office. She began her campaign in November 1998 with the retirement of Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan. Easily securing the Democratic Party’s nomination, her primary rival during the majority of the race was then-Mayor Rudy Giuliani of New York City. After a long campaign, with both sides taking the lead at various times, Giuliani stepped down due to numerous issues, namely health and marital problems. The Republicans then put up Congressman Rick Lazio. Clinton defeated him in 2000 with 55 percent of the vote.

The campaign was memorable due to the large amount of money spent ($90 million) and the fact that Clinton had recently relocated to New York State during the final years of her husband’s (President Bill Clinton) administration. There was particular controversy due to the President’s alleged affair with White House staffer Monica Lewinsky.

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