GOP Challenger Pulls Ahead- Dems losing Weiner’s Seat?

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    wow, ( and heads up to Ringel for starting a thread on this a few week ago), since this has really moved from dem hold to toss up to rep gain, I thought it might need a new refresh..;)

    considering; Weprin's pedigree in NY politics already, the District itself, NY, huge voter reg. advantage......this should not be close.

    Weprin can still pull it out, but that Turner nationalized the race and has come within an ace of wining in a very deep blue venue.....:eusa_think



    Sep 9, 2011 12:23pm
    GOP Challenger Pulls Ahead in Race for Weiner’s Spot


    There is grim news today for the White House and the Democratic Party in the special election to fill Anthony Weiner’s vacated congressional seat in New York.

    Although Democrats hold a three to one registration advantage over Republicans in the district, Republican Bob Turner has opened a lead, grabbing 50 percent, compared with 44 percent for Democrat David Weprin, among likely voters, according to a new Siena Research Institute poll.

    Weprin stood at 48 percent and Turner 42 percent in a Siena poll taken one month ago.

    The election is next Tuesday.

    A Turner victory would be an ominous sign for Democrats and President Obama’s re-election campaign, as the district, which spans Brooklyn and Queens, is filled with the kind of white, middle-class, usually reliable Democratic voters that the president needs in his corner to get re-elected.

    But the poll found voters in the district are down on the president, and the direction of the country.

    Forty-three percent have a favorable opinion of Obama, while 54 percent have an unfavorable opinion, according to the poll. Nineteen percent believe the U.S. is on the right track, ” while 74 percent say the country is on the wrong track. Both sets of numbers are largely unchanged from a month ago.

    What has changed is the voters’ views of the candidates: Weprin’s unfavorable ratings shot up, to 41 percent, from 24 percent a month ago. And by a 43-32 percent margin, likely voters say Turner is running the more positive campaign

    “It’s a perfect storm for Turner and the Republicans,” said Steven Greenberg, a spokesman for the Siena Research Institute.

    Sensing the seat could be slipping away, the national Democratic Party has begun pouring money into the race – including a $500,000 infusion this week from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Even if Weprin can pull out a victory, it is still an enormous expenditure in an election Democrats once believed was a lock.

    Weprin has fallen behind, despite his longstanding political ties in the district. He’s a state assemblyman and the son of a former state assembly speaker.

    Turner has never held elected office before, although he ran a surprisingly close race in 2010 against Weiner, who later gave up the seat in a scandal over lewd photos of himself he’d Twittered. Turner, 70, is a retired television executive whose claim to fame – or, perhaps, infamy – - is that he helped to create Jerry Springer’s bawdy television show in the 1990s.

    more at
    GOP Challenger Pulls Ahead in Race for Weiner’s Spot - ABC News
     
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    Who would have thought Weiner pulling out would result in a Republican rebirth?
     
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    I see what you did there :rofl:
     
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    Thats a suprise
     
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    Big Surprise.

    I though Weiners seat was a safe Dem seat.

    WOW is right.
     
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    Still plenty of time for the Democrats Legendary Ballot Box Chicanery to kick in.
    Why it was just last November when across the Sound from Long Island, with Connecticut Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Tom Foley ahead by some 8,000 votes, Democrats borrowed a Bridgeport city carpenter, pulling him away from his customary city duties, thirty six hours after the polls had closed, went down to one of the boarded up buildings on Main St, cut away the plywood covering the entry doors, went inside the building and retrieved a bag of 10,000 uncounted exclusively Democratic ballots. Immediately upon receiving word of this miraculous find, Democratic Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz, a product of the George Soros sponsored Secretary of State Project, declared Democratic gubernatorial candidate Daniel Malloy the winner with no recount allowed.
    The Democrats will do whatever it takes to win. Just ask Jimmy Hoffa. "You vote for whoever I tell you or we'll breaka you face"
     
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    Here is another related article from a few weeks ago:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/22/n...hopes-for-upset.html?_r=2&partner=rss&emc=rss

    Let's see the last time New York went for a Republican was Ronald Reagan--Hmmm
     
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    Other than bragging rights, I'm not sure what the point of the RNCC is in investing so much into this race is.

    After the NY Legislature gets done, this district is going to vanish. NY is set to lose 2 congressional seats due to the last census, and this is the one mostly likely slated for dissolution.

    So the GOP will take it until it is abolished in 2012.
     
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    That's not the point. The point is this is one of the bluest districts in the country--New York City--that looks to be going for a Republican.
     
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    The Republicans seem to be doing very well. That being said, this is the New York 9th, not New York City and not New York State. As Nate Silver pointed out, this district gave only 55% to Obama, about 2% better than the nation. Based only on the decline in Obama's popularity since 2008, much less the depressing effect of Weiner's indiscretions, we would expect the Democrats to be running even worse than they are.

    I'm not saying this is a Republican district of course, it's solidly more liberal than the country as a whole. That being said, it was clear from the beginning that a strong Republican candidate would have a serious shot at a win.

    I also take exception to the original poster's characterization of Turner as nationalizing the race. Silver suggests that Turner's strategy depends in part on localizing the race with issues like the "Ground Zero Mosque". Turner has of course addressed national issues, but it's not clear to me (admittedly, I haven't been following the race closely) that he has run a more nationalized race than the average congressional race.
     

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