Republican state Assemblywoman Dierdre Scozzafava has suspended her campaign for upstate New York's 23rd Congressional seat, leaving Democratic nominee Bill Owens and Conservative Party nominee Doug Hoffman in the race that will conclude Tuesday, Fox News has confirmed.
The move comes on the heels of a new poll that showed Scozzafava had fallen behind her two competitors in a race too close.
It's a little too early to analyze the ramifications. Clearly, this is a huge blow for the Republican establishment. This is a blow to Newt Gingrich, who endorsed Scozzafava. Now, Hoffman needs to win in order for this to be a victory for the Tea Parties. If the Democrat wins this, this will merely be a loss for Republicans and a huge win for Democrats.