1871 Baby 1871

It's over in the NY-23. Conservative Party candidate has conceded the race to Democrat Bill Owens. The district had been held by the GOP since 1871. Ulysses Simpson Grant was President.

Perhaps it was some of that Biden magic or perhaps citizens do realize that the Tea Party/Glen Beck/Sarah Palin set are not quite all there. More at the Watertown Daily Times.

Conservative Doug Hoffman concedes behind by only 4,284 votes. Democrat Bill Owens is leading in the 23rd Congressional District race.

The Plattsburgh attorney has 60,458 votes compared to Conservative Doug Hoffman, a Lake Placid CPA, with 56,174 votes.

Dede Scozzafava, a Republican who dropped out of the race Saturday, has 6,796 votes.

There were more than 10,000 absentee votes sent out before the election and some 5,800 were returned and must be counted. More absentee ballots, if sent before the deadline, could still be received.

Owens now leads in Jefferson, St. Lawrence, Franklin, Clinton and Essex counties.

Hoffman leads in Lewis, Oswego, Oneida, Fulton, Hamilton and Madison counties.

Owens is maintaining a 48 percent to 46 percent lead.

1871, baby, 1871.

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Republican Scozzafava Endorses Democrat Owens in NY-23

Huge bombshell from The Hill:

The Republican in a New York House race that has become a symbol of the divisions within the GOP endorsed her former Democratic rival Sunday, a sharp snub to the third-party conservative who forced her out of the race.

Dede Scozzafava, who'd been chosen by local Republican leaders to try to hold the seat for the GOP, instead threw her support behind Democrat Bill Owens -- only a day after she unexpectedly backed out of the tough, three-way special election. Ultimately, her decision not to back Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman in the contest to fill former Rep. John McHugh's open seat is likely to enrage party leaders...

"I am writing to let you know I am supporting Bill Owens for Congress and urge you to do the same," Scozzafava added. "It's not in the cards for me to be your representative, but I strongly believe Bill is the only candidate who can build upon John McHugh's lasting legacy in the U.S. Congress."

Scozzafava's late nod to Owens could spell trouble for Hoffman, who is statistically deadlocked with his Democratic opponent in recent polls. The New York assemblywoman is considerably more moderate than Hoffman -- and presumably, some of her supporters are too -- so the possibility that many of her prospective voters could gravitate toward Owens on Tuesday is not totally unfathomable.

Jonathan Martin, Marc Ambinder, and our own Jonathan Singer have all predicted that Scozzafava's drop-out would help Owens as much as it would Hoffman given that at least half of Scozzafava's remaining supporters were probably independents and moderate Democrats unlikely to back the right-wing Hoffman. This news bolsters that prediction. Perhaps one local Republican endorsement is all it will take to balance the countless carpetbag Republican endorsements (Palin, Pawlenty, Bachmann, etc.).

(BTW, my dad grew up in what is now NY-23 and most of his family still lives there - my late grandfather never moved in his 99 years and 11 months, save WWII - so I feel a little personally as well as politically invested in this race.)

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New Ad in the NY-23

Accountable America, the liberal advocacy group headed by Tom Matzzie, is to beginning running the above 30 second spot exposing the Wall Street agenda of Doug Hoffman, the Tea Party candidate up in the New York 23rd Congressional District.

The policies Doug Hoffman supports created America's financial crisis. That's the message of Accountable America's new TV ad on the air starting this week in the 23rd district of New York.

Hoffman is the darling of the Club for Growth, the right-wing group funded by some of Wall Street's biggest fat cats. The Club for Growth's agenda boils down to one idea: stop consumer protections in the name of "deregulation."

They don't want to see the Financial Truth Commission "name names" and hold people accountable like the 9/11 Commission. That is why many of the Club for Growth's biggest supporters voted against setting up the Commission.

Doug Hoffman has yet to call for tough investigations into the banks who created the financial crisis. Nor has he called for new regulations to protect consumers and end corporate greed. Hoffman doesn't want to upset his Wall Street friends, so, he's singing their tune by supporting Bush-style tax cuts and deregulation designed to help the richest banks.

How people can vote against their own economic self-interest is something I have yet to fully comprehend. I suspect that many are drawn in by Hoffman's social views but it is incomprehensible to me that so many cannot see the connection between the tax the poor but spare the rich policies of the GOP and our current state of affairs.

You can help support keeping this ad on the air by making a contribution here or you can contribute directly to Bill Owens on Act Blue. Thanks for your help.

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Doug Hoffman: An Ordinary American with a Half Million Dollar Car Collection

Over at the American Spectator, Robert Stacy McCain calls Doug Hoffman, the eccentric millionaire running for Congress in the NY-23, an "ordinary American." I don't about you but I don't know too many "ordinary Americans" with a half million dollar car collection. In fact, I don't know any.

Now the darling of the vitriolic wing of the GOP, he's been endorsed by Dick Armey, Sarah Palin, Michelle Bachmann - the loony bin trifecta - but he's also pulled in the endorsement of Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty. Mr. Hoffman who is making his first run for public office now counts Steve Forbes, Fred Thompson, The Wall Street Journal editorial page, The National Review and the Tea Party set among his supporters. Glenn Beck, Mark Levin and Rush Limbaugh are promoting his candidacy.

His views are downright frightening. He's a flat taxer. Anti-choice. Marriage is between a man and woman. "Marriage ought to stay marriage. Period" as he puts it. His views on the Second Amendment is that without it "all other amendments are nothing more than talk." Like all other conservatives, he's not big on specifics when it comes to spending. Asked what spending he would cut, he responds that he would cut "the pork and wasteful earmarks." Way to go out on a limb there Doug.

As the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee puts it, Doug Hoffman supports more of the economic policies that failed us - tax breaks for the wealthy which added billions to the deficit.

Here's their new ad:

The New York Times has more on this race for a seat that the GOP has held since 1871.

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