Here are the AP results for the NY-9 race, and the NV-2 race.
The NV-2 race is just about a foregone conclusion – as it turns out, I’ve been up in Reno the past few days and so caught a bit of the GOP advertising: all Obama, all the time…”don’t send a rubber-stamp to DC”, that sort of thing. I don’t recall they even mentioned the Democrat candidate’s name. Expectations are for a double-digit GOP blowout…but Mark Amodei, taking nothing for granted, has been pressing the turnout efforts.
The polls in the NY-9 race just closed a few minutes ago and while polling has been good for the GOP, I do expect a Democrat win…they are pulling out all the stops and the district does have a reputation for voter fraud. But even if the Democrats managed to squeak out a win, it will be a signal for defeat in 2012 unless Obama changes course. And if the GOP does pull out a win, just that much more devastating for the Democrats.
UPDATE: In NV-02, Amodei has 64% against Marshall’s 31%; NY-09, Turner has 51% against Weprin’s 48%; still way early.
UPDATE II: NY-09, 271 of 512 precincts reporting, GOP winning 53/46; NV-09, 166 of 858 reporting, GOP winning 58/37.
UPDATE III: AP calls NY-09 for Republican Bob Turner. First GOP win in NY-09 since 1921. Dems already spinning it as meaningless…meanwhile, in private, they are starting to wonder if they should “primary” Obama…
UPDATE IV: AP calls NV-02 for Republican Mark Amodei. A crushing victory – 57% to 37%.
Not the sort of news the Democrats want to hear:
A new Republican-commissioned poll showed the race to replace ex-Rep. Anthony Weiner (D) in New York’s 9th district to be a dead heat.
A McLaughlin & Associates poll of 300 likely voters found 42 percent would vote for state Assemblyman David Weprin (D) while 42 percent said they would vote for retired businessman Bob Turner (R).
Sixteen percent of those polled said they were undecided with less than two weeks to go before the Sept. 13 special election. The poll was conducted for Turner’s campaign…
There is a gigantic Democrat registration advantage in the 9th…so that it is even close is astounding. It probably isn’t helping matters for the Democrats that Weprin hadn’t the foggiest notion of the national debt when asked the other day…proof that Democrats have just put up a loyal hack who will do what he’s told and is expected to easily win a heavily Democrat district. There is a monumental contempt for the people in this – and it must be kept in mind that this contempt is being shown by Democrat leaders for Democrat voters. They really do expect that the “D” after Weprin’s name will do the trick.
It’d be nice if Turner wins, but if he even comes within 5 it will amount to a crushing loss for the Democrats…the sort of small indicator which shows that things are going in a very different way.
Best of luck to Turner – let’s give Obama and his Democrats a big scare as they crawl in to 2012.
Trying to save Wiener’s House seat – Jammie Wearing Fool has the details:
Maybe the folks in Brooklyn and Queens ought to make this a referendum on the failed Obama presidency. Considering he’s at a meager 36% approval in New York, a victory for GOP candidate Bob Turner would send shockwaves nationwide. So naturally the Dems are pulling out all stops. And you’ll never guess how they’re labeling Turner.
“Nervous state Democrats are flooding voters with mailings blasting Republican candidate Bob Turner in the hotly contested 9th Congressional District, upping the ante in the closer-than-expected race to succeed disgraced ex-Rep. Anthony Weiner.
With President Obama’s standing in the polls in free fall, the state Democratic Committee’s mailings to Queens and Brooklyn residents accuse Turner of being a “Tea Party extremist” who wants to dismantle Social Security and Medicare.“…
We’ll see if it works – right now, the Democrat leads in polling by 6 percentage points, which you might think is healthy, but Democrats outnumber Republicans in the district by three to one. This should be a walkover for anyone with a “D” after his name…but it’s not. Also doesn’t help Democrats that Ed Koch, a true patriot, has crossed party lines to endorse the Republican (who is, by the way, a New York Republican…trying to paint him as some sort of frothing at the mouth conservative is absurd; but lies never present any difficulty to Democrats).
A message does need to be sent to Obama and his Democrats – something which will tell them that if they don’t ditch their extremism, the voters will punish them. A win or even a close loss in this heavily Democrat, NY House seat would do it. Whether or not Obama and Co will listen is another matter…