Democrats Thunderstruck in NY09


Republican Bob Turner beat New York State Assemblyman David Weprin in the special election to fill the congressional seat vacated by Anthony Weiner Tuesday. This is a stunning upset victory in a district with 3 to 1 Democrat registrations. NY09 was last held by a Republican in 1923.

“This is not a district that Republicans have any right to believe we could win,” said House Speaker John Boehner.

The Obama factor may have been too much for Weprin to overcome:

But voter frustration with Obama put Weprin in the unlikely spot of playing defense. A Siena Poll released Friday found just 43 percent of likely voters approved of the president’s job performance, while 54 percent said they disapproved. Among independents, just 29 percent said they approved of Obama’s job performance.

Turner, a 70-year-old Catholic, vowed to push back on Obama’s policies if elected. He received help from prominent Republicans including former Mayor Rudy Giuliani, whose much-praised stewardship of the city after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks was recalled during the 10th anniversary of the attacks last weekend. — BETH FOUHY, Associated Press

This loss won’t do much to bolster the confidence of Democrats who were already beginning to openly question if Obama can win re-election. At this moment, Democrats must be feeling thunderstuck.

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September 14, 2011 6:11 am

As Joe Biden would say, this is a big f’ing deal….LOL!

Kenny Martsolf
September 14, 2011 6:33 am

This is a BIG win. If this trend carries into the national 2012 elections, this could be BIG! Even if a Dim, I mean Dem would have won… It would have been much better than Wiener.

Queen Hotchibobo
September 14, 2011 7:49 am

If this November was the one that counted, Obama’s coattails would deliver enormous R margins.

September 14, 2011 11:07 pm