bigblock57, Blogalwarning blog.
If you live outside NY state, or even outside this district, you may not have heard about this drama. It all started when Senator Clinton moved to Obama’s administration leaving a vacant senate seat. Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand from this district was picked to fill Clinton’s vacancy in the senate, moving the vacancy to NY 20th district house seat. On March 31st, special elections were held in this district to fill the vacancy.
Background about the district: “I think a fairer way to look at this district is as a classic swing vote district, Siena College pollster Greenberg tells Newsmax”. In 2008, Gillibrand (the departing democrat rep.) trounced her Republican opponent by 14 percentage points. In the presidential race, Obama handily defeated Republican John McCain in this congressional district.
Why is this race important? “The stakes are high, with the contest being widely cited as an early measure of Obama’s ability to sustain his popularity and translate it into political success… Obama had given Murphy a strong endorsement, twice sending messages to his Organizing for America e-mail list developed during the presidential campaign… Vice President Joe Biden was dispatched to help, and voiced a radio commercial backing Murphy that aired during the closing days of the race.” (Newmax).
What are the results? Democrat Scott Murphy led Republican Jim Tedisco, 77,344 votes to 77,279 Tuesday. There were more than 10,000 absentee ballots issued and about 6,000 returned by Tuesday, none of which was to be counted Tuesday night. Absentee ballots will be accepted and counted through April 13.
Conclusion: On one hand, the district is swinging back from Obama towards the middle or beyond. A great message to the Obama administration. On the other hand, the Republican Party is far from coming back to its senses, and still can not hand a blow.
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