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UPDATE, 11/1, 4:55p: Fallen GOP NY-23 candidate Dede Scozzafava endorsed Democrat Bill Owens today. According to The Hill

… 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, 3-way special election.
Ultimately, her decision not to back Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman… is likely to enrage party leaders, who rallied around Hoffman almost immediately after Scozzafava announced her campaign suspension….
Scozzafava’s late nod to Owens could spell trouble for Hoffman, who is statistically deadlocked with his Democratic opponent in recent polls. The NY 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….

Noted the IL Review, “RNC donors are furious that their contributions were wasted and now will only go to ultimately benefit a Democrat.”
[Photos via the Washington Post]
UPDATE, 11/1, 7a: In NY-23 , Dede Scozzafava dropped from the race yesterday. According to Politico (where you can also read her statement):
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Republican Dede Scozzafava has suspended her bid in next Tuesday’s NY 23 special election, a huge development that dramatically shakes up the race. She did not endorse either of her 2 opponents – Conservative party candidate Doug Hoffman or Democrat Bill Owens….

The decision to suspend her campaign is a boost for Hoffman, who already had the support of 50% of GOP voters, according to a newly-released Siena poll, and is now well-positioned to win over the 25% of Republicans who had been sticking with Scozzafava.

Here’s liberal MSM’s spin on Scozzafava’s announcement, per Bloomberg

… The Republican candidate… suspended her campaign after her lead in polls evaporated and former AK Governor Sarah Palin endorsed a rival in the 3-way race….

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Scozzafava[‘s]… withdrawal may hand the traditionally Republican seat to a Democrat in the Nov. 3 special election and leave the Republican Party with just 2 seats in New York’s 29-member House delegation.
Scozzafava is running 3rd… with the race between her opponents “too close to call,” according to a Siena College poll published yesterday. The poll of 704 likely voters, taken Oct. 27-29, shows… Owens with 36% of the vote… Hoffman with 35%….
Conservatives including Palin… have rallied around Hoffman… instead of Scozzafava, who supports abortion rights and was endorsed by the state teachers union.
Palin portrayed Hoffman as the contest’s true conservative, along with former House Majority Leader Dick Armey of TX, MN Governor Tim Pawlenty, former Senator Rick Santorum of PA and former Senator Fred Thompson of TN.

Although MSM isn’t the only one projecting Owens as the possible benefactor of Scozzafava’s drop. Allahpundit on Hot Air wrote of a “nightmare scenario of her voters breaking for the Democrat or staying home.”
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Allah also wrote of Newt Gingrich’s endorsement of Hoffman following his previous misguided support of Scozzafava.
According to the Washington Post, the National Republican Congressional Committee and Republican National Committee chair Michael Steele are now backing Hoffman.
Matt Lewis has “NY-23 winners and losers.”
[HT: reader Mary]
Three important races to pro-lifers will be decided Tuesday:

  • NJ governor’s race: Chris Christie (GOP) vs. incumbent Jon Corzine (Democrat) vs. Chris Daggett (Independent)
  • NY-23, special election for Congress: Doug Hoffman (Conservative Party) vs. Bill Owens (Dem) vs. Dierdre Scozzafava (RINO)
  • VA governor’s race: Creigh Deeds (Dem) vs. Bob McDonnell (GOP)
  • At this moment, our guy is in the lead in 2 and neck-and-neck in the 3rd:
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  • Rasmussen poll on NJ, October 30:
  • Republican Chris Christie continues to hold a 3-point advantage [46%] over incumbent Democrat Jon Corzine [43%] in NJ’s down-to-the-wire race for governor….
    Chris Daggett attracts 8% support.

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  • Rasmussen poll on VA, October 28:
  • Republican Robert McDonnell has now opened a 13-point lead over Democrat R. Creigh Deeds with less than a week to go in the race for governor of VA…. 54% to 41%.

  • Politico article on NY-23, October 29:
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    The latest round of polling gave evidence that Hoffman is on the rise and has pulled even with, or ahead of, Owens as Scozzafava has fallen into 3rd place….
    In a newly-released poll commissioned by the liberal blog Daily Kos, Hoffman is within 1 point of Owens, 33% to 32%, with Scozzafava lagging well behind in 3rd place with 21%.

    See a compilation of all the latest poll results at Real Clear Politics.
    Although Obama has campaigned heavily in NJ and VA, yesterday White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs downplayed Tuesday’s election results, saying, “I don’t think they portend a lot.”
    What do you think? How do you think the 3 elections Tuesday will turn out, and what do you think the results will mean, if anything?

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