Weiner's NY District elects Republican Turner in special election (updated)
It is time for Democrats across the United States to panic, as a Congressional district that has not elected a Republican in almost 90 years handed an easy victory to the GOP candidate. The victor Bob Turner cast his effort as a referendum on President Obama, a chance to send a message to Washington. As the Washington Post put it, "President Obama suffered a sharp rebuke Tuesday when voters in New York elected a conservative Republican to represent a Democratic district that has not been in GOP hands since the 1920.
In 2010, Anthony Weiner won the district by almost 20 points, while Turner's margin is 8 points, so a 27% reduction in the Democrat's vote share has happened. Every Democrat in the House of Representatives and Senate (not mention at the state and local level) has to be doing the mental math, and wondering if they will looking for work as a lobbyist in 2013.
Richard Baehr notes: "Dems outspent the GOP in New York 9 by almost 10 to 1. Not much to show for it. The Republican Jewish Committee spent some money, but the GOP House committee did not. SEIU was out in force yesterday as well as teacher union people. All to no avail. It looks like Turner won the Jewish vote."
Of course, Democrats are lamely attempting to spin. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, chair of the DNC: It's a very difficult district for Democrats," said Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, noting its Democratic margins there tend to be the second lowest of all the districts in New York City.
It's so difficult for Democrats that in a bad year for Democrats (2010), the Democrat only won by 20 points. I would love to hear what DWS hears from her House colleagues who won by less than 20 points in 2010.
Update: Andrew Breitrbart sees a civil war brewing in the Democratic Party:
Many Democrats are awakening to the reality that their party has been hijacked by a radicalism completely unfamiliar to their parents' and grandparents' Democratic Party.
An internal, partisan civil war is now brewing in that party. What I think tonight is less important than what Joe Lieberman, Bill Clinton, Evan Bayh, and the rest of the former, and now defunct, reasonable wing of the Democratic Party is thinking tonight.
Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) Executive Director Matt Brooks made the following statement on the results of the special election in New York's 9th congressional district:
"We congratulate Bob Turner on his historic victory.
"This Republican win in an overwhelmingly Democrat district is a significant indicator of the problem that President Obama has in the Jewish community. While party leaders scramble to deny and try to stem the erosion of Jewish support for Democrats, the real issue is this President's policies on Israel, on jobs, and on the economy. Jewish voters are coming to see that Republicans offer real solutions to our economic crisis, are resolute friends of Israel, and represent a way forward to a better future.
"Bob Turner's win tonight has huge implications for 2012 races in states with large Jewish communities, such as Florida, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.
"The RJC took a proactive approach in this race, reaching out to Jewish voters in the district, and we will be a leading voice driving the debate in the Jewish community nationally through 2012 as well."
With 84 percent of precincts reporting, Amodei had 58 percent of the vote to Marshall's 36 percent in unofficial results. Amodei told supporters gathered at a Reno casino that he would travel to Washington D.C. Wednesday and hoped to be sworn in Thursday.
Meanwhile, in the Nevada special election yesterday, the GOP candidate Markrk Amodei won a 28% landslide in a district that already leans Republican over Democrat Kate Marshall.