UPDATE – NOV 17, 2009
* – These counties are reporting final counts with absentee ballots included.
With three counties’ absentee ballots included, Doug Hoffman now trails Bill Owens by 2,951 votes.
Our counts as of this afternoon show an additional 6,123 absentee votes as yet uncounted.
Jefferson County began counting their 1304 returned absentee ballots this morning.
Clinton and Essex Counties have begun counts and expect to have final results before Friday.
Franklin County, St. Lawrence County, and Oswego County do not anticipate a completed absentee count until early next week.
Fulton County expects to have their counts finalized by Wednesday afternoon.
Lewis County Board of Election representatives were unavailable early this morning.
Some 7,400 to be counted in 11 counties for final numbers in 23rd Congressional District race
Update: Nov 12, 2009
Now a recanvassing in the 11-county district shows that Owens’ lead has narrowed to 3,026 votes over Hoffman, 66,698 to 63,672, according to the latest unofficial results from the state Board of Elections.
Don’t believe everything you read in the papers, the RINO bloggers, or see on TV today. As I have previously said, the “purity” theme is getting old and I’m starting to really resent this stereotype of Conservatives.
For your info, Jim G was writing cute little tweets yesterday for Hoffman however today he is a political expert. Expect the RINOs to blame Sarah Palin and any Conservative.
The RINO Spin Masters are up early this morning explaining that Virginia was won because of the moderates. Don’t believe this crap for a second.
I would suggest everyone wait until all the votes are counted in NY-23 including the absentee votes… Don’t forget 4 (four) voting machines in Franklin County have not been counted?
Source: TCOT Report
As best stated by Michelle Malkin:
“Better a donkey in office that acts like a donkey than a donkey in elephant’s clothing making a complete ass of the GOP.
Moreover, NY-23 is a victory for conservatives who refuse to be marginalized in the public square by either the unhinged left or the establishment right. A humble accountant from upstate New York exposed the hypocrisy of GOP leaders trying to solicit funds from conservatives by lambasting Pelosi and the Dems’ support for high taxes, Big Labor, and bigger government — while using conservatives’ money to subsidize a high-taxing, Big Labor-pandering, bigger government radical. The repercussions will be felt well beyond NY-23’s borders. Conservatives’ disgust with the status quo has been heard and felt. They have been silent too long. They will be silent no more.”
578 Votes Counted for Scozzafava in 3 Election Districts Where Hoffman Received ZERO Counted Votes
November 4, 2009
by Michael Patrick Leahy
7:14 am est
As temperatures turned brisk this morning in NY 23, Republican turncoat Dede Scozzafava took comfort in the knowledge that revenge is a dish best served cold. Analysis of last night’s election results in which Democrat Bill Owens scored a surprising 50% to 45% victory over the Conservative candidate, Doug Hoffman, whose success forced her to withdraw on Saturday, showed that her Sunday endorsement of Owens was the decisive factor in his victory.
Owens carried the three counties Scozzafava represents in the New York State Assembly (Jefferson, St. Lawrence, and Lewis) by a decisive 53% to 42% margin. This was an 11% margin increase from the 36% to 36% tie the Siena Poll released on Monday revealed. Scozzafava’s vote dropped from 9% in the Monday poll to 6% in the actual results. Meanwhile, the 19% undecided in the three county region broke hard for Owens. 13% of the undecided went to Owens during a 48 period, while only 6% went to Hoffman.
Scozzafava’s strenuous support of Owens during these critical hours was probably the most decisive factor in moving those undecideds. She recorded two robocalls, which were delivered throughout the district, and appeared with Owens at a local event.
One additional factor in Owens’ strength in these counties was the endorsement of the local newspaper, the Watertown Daily Times, which came out in support of Owens Sunday morning after previously supporting Scozzafava. Indeed, it was the Sunday morning reporting by the Watertown Daily Times that Scozzafava was quietly telling friends to support Owens that signaled her dramatic public endorsement of him later that afternoon.
The Watertown Daily Times pounded Hoffman on his biggest weakness: lack of knowledge of local issues. That argument seemed to resonate with voters in Jefferson County and much of the rest of the district, apparently. Local constituent service had been one of Scozzafava’s strengths, and while Democrat Owens had no greater background in local issues than Hoffman, Owens deftly emphasized local responsiveness as a theme, while Hoffman fumbled the local issues repeatedly.
Heavy spending by the Democratic National Committee in television and radio advertising supporting Owens, combined with a strong last minute on the ground push by the teachers’ unions and AFL-CIO also contributed to Owens’ victory. In contrast, the Hoffman campaign relied heavily on a slew of last minute robocalls, recorded by Rudy Giuliani and George Pataki, which were so numerous that many voters started complaining that they wanted to be left alone. Robocalls on Hoffman’s behalf outnumbered those on Owens’ behalf by a 3 to 1 factor at least, one insider estimated.
Hoffman’s ground game was also weak. In Central New York, most of the energy of the campaign came from 9-12 activists, who ran a local operation largely without direction from the Candidate’s Saranac Lake headquarters.
Hoffman also failed to mount much of a direct mail campaign, a critical misstep in a district where the voters had become very tired of the blare of television advertisements and robocalls from all three sides.
Grassroots activists saw a decided switch in the conduct of the campaign over the last 72 hours, after Scozzafava’s withdrawal. Unconfirmed rumors abounded that Hoffman was taking advice from NRCC hotshots who had come up to help over the crucial last weekend, and that the candidate became less accessible to volunteers and was not conducting enough face to face voter events. Though his election day schedule was busy, for instance, his only public event on Monday was the Watertown rally hosted by Fred Thompson.
Dave Weigel, in today’s Washington Independent, captured the boots on the ground advantage Owens had over Hoffman.
“Owens, who ran a subtle campaign, benefited from a long-term Democratic canvassing and GOTV effort. He had the backing of powerful unions like SEIU 1199, who worked the district. Hoffman didn’t have access to Republican resources until it was too late. Some Hoffman workers suggested that the conservative effort that did come out was inexperienced, and failed to make the extra step to really pull out voters.”
Read the full article here.
New York State Conservative Party Chairman Mike Long raised questions over the manner in which the Obama White House secured Scozzafava’s decisive support on Saturday. Publicly, Long has asked for an Federal Elections Commission investigation of possible legal violations involved in reported personal meetings between a White House staff member and Scozzafava on the Saturday afternoon preceding her endorsement of Owens the following day. What, Long and others want to know, did the White House promise Scozzafava to secure her endorsement? Insiders are betting that before long Scozzafava will emerge with a job in the Obama Administration. When it’s announced, questions of ethical and legal violations will certainly be raised, they promised.
For her part, Scozzafava’s public statements about her decision making process to support Owens dripped with self pity and rationalizations, and showed her to be completely devoid of political principle. “Why didn’t any Republican leaders call me after I dropped out?” she wondered publicly, ignoring the slew of gracious conciliatory statements made on Saturday by five local County Chairmen, Michelle Bachmann, and Sarah Palin. Scozzafava pointedly refused to return the phone calls made directly to her personal cell phone by this reporter, a known Republican who was an elected delegate to the 2008 Republican National Convention committed to Mitt Romney.
Owens’ victory is a victory for Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama as well. In his public statements, Owens has clearly stated that he will vote for whatever health care bill Pelosi rams through the House this session. Scozzafava’s endorsement of Owens in light of this public support for the Pelosi-Obama agenda confirmed the complaints of the conservative blogosphere that she was a left winger all along.
Owens will face his next electoral challenge in November 2010. He is certain to face a strong Republican challenger. This time around, however, the candidate will not be chosen by the eleven county chairmen meeting in a pizza restaurant. A primary will be held on September 14, 2010.
Though he captured the country’s attention with his humble nature, Hoffman ran such a poor campaign it is unlikely he would emerge as the Republican nominee in a primary, should he choose to run. Early on favorites include Franklin County legislator Paul Maroun, and Jefferson County former Wall Street wiz Matt Doheny, both of whom showed well in the July 2009 Republican candidate selection process. Hoffman showed poorly in that process, ranking seventh or eighth out of nine candidates in the eyes of almost every county chairman.
Other local drama to come out of this election result: Will RINO Assemblywoman Janet Duprey, who also serves as Clinton County Republican Chairman, resign her county chair seat or be deposed ?
At a national level, Hoffman’s surprising loss is certain to heighten a vicious internecine war between the Establishment Republicans in Washington and the insurgent conservative movement powered by the tea party activists. The NRCC and the RNC bet $ 1 million on a left wing candidate whose last minute betrayal proved the decisive factor in giving the Democrats this Congressional seat for the first time since the Civil War. And big name Republicans who are likely to seek the Republican Presidential nomination for the 2012 –Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee– provided support to Hoffman that can at best be described as a day late and a dollar short.
The big national loser is Newt Gingrich, who repeatedly and shrilly misrepresented the degree to which Scozzafava had local Republican support.
93% reporting N.Y. District 23
updated 10:00 AM ET
|Winner: Bill OwensBill Owens||Dem.||63,496||49.3%|
New York 23rd Congressional District
Owens leads Hoffman by 6487 votes.
Total Votes: 121,229
Bill Owens (D, WFP): – 60,671; 50.0%
Dede Scozzafava (R, I): – 6374; 5.3%
Doug Hoffman (C): – 54,184; 44.7%
% Precincts Reporting: %
|Bill Owens (D, WFP)||10536||56%|
|Dede Scozzafava (R,I)||686||4%|
|Doug Hoffman (C)||7530||40%|
|% precincts reporting||100%|
|Bill Owens (D, WFP)||4655||52%|
|Dede Scozzafava (R,I)||234||3%|
|Doug Hoffman (C)||4108||46%|
|% precincts reporting||76%|
|Bill Owens (D, WFP)||888||38%|
|Dede Scozzafava (R,I)||293||12%|
|Doug Hoffman (C)||1184||50%|
|% precincts reporting||100%|
|Bill Owens (D, WFP)||1802||45%|
|Dede Scozzafava (R,I)||246||6%|
|Doug Hoffman (C)||1977||49%|
|% precincts reporting||%|
|Bill Owens (D, WFP)||10,382||46%|
|Dede Scozzafava (R,I)||1339||6%|
|Doug Hoffman (C)||10,882||48%|
|% precincts reporting||89%|
|St. Lawrence County
|Bill Owens (D, WFP)||7441||56%|
|Dede Scozzafava (R,I)||587||4%|
|Doug Hoffman (C)||5347||40%|
|% precincts reporting||%|
|Bill Owens (D, WFP)||3718||51%|
|Dede Scozzafava (R,I)||432||6%|
|Doug Hoffman (C)||3175||43%|
|% precincts reporting||%|
|Bill Owens (D, WFP)||%|
|Dede Scozzafava (R,I)||%|
|Doug Hoffman (C)||%|
|% precincts reporting||%|
|Bill Owens (D, WFP)||9996||49%|
|Dede Scozzafava (R,I)||1155||6%|
|Doug Hoffman (C)||9439||46%|
|% precincts reporting||99%|
|Bill Owens (D, WFP)||7743||46%|
|Dede Scozzafava (R,I)||1128||7%|
|Doug Hoffman (C)||8110||48%|
|% precincts reporting||95%|
|Bill Owens (D, WFP)||3510||56%|
|Dede Scozzafava (R,I)||274||4%|
|Doug Hoffman (C)||2432||39%|
|% precincts reporting||27%|
Updade NY-23 Voting Results – end