Hoffman Loses Plurality to Democrat Owens in NY Congressional Race

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Hoffman Loses Plurality to Democrat Owens in NY Congressional Race


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Democrats narrowly won a plurality in New York's 23rd Congressional District Tuesday, a District that hadn't been held by a Democrat in more than 100 years.

Democrat Bill Owens narrowly defeated Conservative Party nominee Doug Hoffman by a 49-45 percent plurality, where Republican nominee Dede Scozzafava had withdrawn from the race and endorsed Democrat Owens days before the election.

The District had become a national lightning rod for conservative unhappiness with the national Republican leadership for its persistence in picking liberal nominees that lose elections. Several nationally known Republicans had campaigned for Conservative Party nominee Doug Hoffman after Scozzafava's positions in favor of abortion, same-sex marriage, and fiscal liberalism became more widely known. Scozzafava had also been endorsed by ACORN's Working Families Party, the ultra-leftist founder of the DailyKos. corn blog, NARAL, and the leftist teachers' union NYSUT.

While the Conservative Party nominee Hoffman was hardly a traditional conservative noninterventionist on foreign policy issues, he had campaigned on a platform that pushed social conservatism and small-government economics. As such, he drew the support of former House Majority Leader Dick Armey, Sarah Palin, and Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty. …

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