NY Elects Republican to Replace Anthony Weiner
Conservative Republican Bob Turner was elected yesterday to replace Rep. Anthony Weiner. The District encompassed much of Queens and a small part of Brooklyn:
Turner, 70, a retired cable television executive who has never served in elective office, defeated Democratic State Assemblyman David Weprin, 55, who has two decades of public service experience, to fill the seat left vacant when Anthony Weiner (D) resigned in disgrace in June after more than 12 years in the House.
The last time a Republican won in that district was in the 1920's.
Many will see it a referendum on Obama and the economy, and a sign for 2012. I think it's way too soon for that, too many unforeseen things can happen to change the public's mind between now and then. Voters are fickle and can change like the wind. Also, Israel/Palestine may have been a significant factor in this particular race: [More...]
The district’s large contingent of Orthodox Jews opposes his proposal for Palestinian statehood drawn around 1967 borders. The U.N. General Assembly is likely to vote on the Palestinian statehood issue when it convenes in New York next week.
Even former Mayor Ed Koch was supporting Turner over this issue.
Also, the district is more blue-collar and conservative than others in New York. Obama didn't do too well with these voters in 2008.
Another factor was the race wasn't seen as very important until recent weeks because redistricting is likely to zap the district next year.
And, while Turner won, so did six Democrats who ran in special assembly races yesterday in New York.
Voter turnout is usually low in these special elections, but I haven't seen any numbers yet for this one.
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