Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Wonderful! NY-20 Race a Dead Heat, Waiting on Absentee Ballots and Likely Headed for Recount

It doesn't get much closer than this.
Scott Murphy (D): 77,344 - 50%
Jim Tedisco (R): 77,285 - 50%
% Precincts Reporting: 100%
But hold on, kids, there are absentee ballots to be counted, so don't expect any official results until April 13, which gives ACORN enough time to find some late votes for the Democrat.

Oddly enough, this Congressional seat is outside Tedisco's Assembly district, so the people who've been sending him to Albany for two decades couldn't vote for him.

While a formerly heavy GOP district, Obama narrowly won the region in November and it's considered in some quarters a referendum on the porkulus bill.
Mr. Murphy closely aligned himself with President Obama, who narrowly won the district in November; Mr. Murphy also won support by promoting the stimulus package. Mr. Tedisco, who eventually came out against the stimulus, struggled to articulate a compelling economic message early on, but capitalized on outrage over bonuses for financial executives, portraying Mr. Murphy as sympathizing with Wall Street financiers more than ordinary upstate families.
The Democrat machine threw everything they had into this election and with these results it doesn't appear there's much if anything to be celebrating if they manage to narrowly keep the seat vacated by Kirsten Gillibrand.

All sorts of reaction here. The left-leaning media and blogs are declaring it a huge defeat for the GOP. Considering it was their seat they were defending and Obama apparently has no coattails, that's some unique spin. But what do you expect from these people?

Gillibrand won by 24 points in November. If Murphy wins it'll be by the skin of his teeth. And that's supposed to be an ominous sign for the GOP? I'd say it's more a reflection that Obama and the national Democrats may have some problems come the midterms.

Linked at Instapundit. Thanks!

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