With most of Tuesday's congressional elections holding about as much suspense as the Yankees' recent World Series sweep, the Senate race in New York, a tight faceoff between veteran legislators with close ties to the financial industry, has moved into a national spotlight.

Alfonse M. D'Amato, the Republican incumbent and chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, is embroiled in a close and nasty contest with Charles E. Schumer, a Democrat from Brooklyn and member of the House Banking Committee.

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