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.