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Saturday, October 31, 2009

Breaking Scozzafava Drops out in NY 23

This news is breaking.

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.


Jason Gillman said...

It is a great opportunity for the Republicans.

Steele has already announced support for Hoffman. A good move.

A good day this is.

Anonymous said...

The real question is whether Hoffman will join the Republican Party, or will he remain a Conservative Party member and attempt to use his position to promote the election of more Conservative Party candidates. If he became "just another Republican" it would render the Teaparty victory meaningless in the same way that Lamont's victory over Lieberman in the Democratic Primary failed to keep Lieberman from winning the election.