The Democrats immediately swung into action after Wendy Long’s big win Tuesday night, sending out a flurry of press releases deeming her positions on hot-button social issues like same-sex marriage, abortion rights and guns too extreme for Democrat-dominated New York.

During a CapTon interview last night, Long scoffed at those allegations and said she thinks Gillibrand should try looking in the mirror sometime.

“I think she’s extreme in the things she’s choosing to focus on, which are mainly things like abortion and contraception and this phony war on women,” Long told me.

“I think it’s pretty extreme to say, for example, that the fastest way to get the economy going is to dramatically expand the food stamp program, which she said.”

“So, I think that’s really the definition of extreme, and I don’t think that’s going to sit well with New Yorkers.”

In short, this campaign is going to be a contest – and contrast – of extremes. Great.

Long indicated that every time Gillibrand & Co. tries to paint her as too far right, she’s going to steer the conversation back to what she believes voters really care about: Jobs and the economy.

Jobs and the economy. Jobs and the economy. Expect to hear that mantra a lot over the next four months.

Also, Long disagreed with my assessment that she has no chance of catching up with Gillibrand on the fundraising front.

The junior senator has amassed a $9.9 million war chest (and counting), while Long’s campaign debt exceeds her cash on hand by about $81,000.

Regardless of whether she’s able to make up the difference – and Long insists fundraising has picked up since she was declared the winner on Tuesday night – the political newcomer told me she doesn’t need to out-raise Gillibrand to have a good shot at beating her.

“The first point is, we don’t have to match it,” Long said.

“Nine million dollars is not enough money to defend the record on jobs and economy that she’s going to try to defend. She’d need a lot more money than that to get around that record.”

“So, I don’t think it’s going to do anything for her.”

“We don’t have to (out)spend her dollar for dollar. And third, I think we’re going to do very well now. I think a lot of fundraising is going to be freed up now that the primary is behind us.”