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Medicare key to shocking Dem win in NY House race

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Kathy Hochul told her supporters they had picked the right issue to fight a Republican on long-held Republican turf.

The Democrat rode a wave of voter discontent over the national GOP's plan to change Medicare and overcame decades of GOP dominance here to capture Tuesday's special election in New York's 26th Congressional District.

Hochul defeated Republican state Assemblywoman Jane Corwin on Tuesday night, capturing 47 percent of the vote to 43 percent for Corwin, to win the seat vacated by disgraced Republican Chris Lee. A wealthy tea party candidate, Jack Davis, took 9 percent.


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Comment by Don Wills
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The spin that the MSM is touting leaves out a very important fact, maybe the single most important fact, which is that the GOP of New York is a corrupt good old boy network that keeps nominating their own kind in special elections, completely ignoring the Tea Party. Essentially the same thing happened in the special election in House District 23 2009's. In both yesterday's race, and in 2009, the hand picked GOP candidate was a despised career politician, and the Tea Party supported another candidate. In 2009, the GOP's good-old-boy candidate actually pulled out throwing her support to the Democract, while yesterday, the GOP's good-old-boy candidate stayed in the race and got 43% of the vote, while the GOP candidate got 9% of the vote.

The takeaway from all this isn't about Medicare, it's about how the GOP, particularly in New York, has no principles, and voters are wising up. In a few states, for example Utah, the Tea Party has gained large influence in the GOP. Look for the GOP to do well in those states. But where the GOP is still controlled by traditional big government clubbers, the GOP will be swept aside. One other minor point - this district will probably disappear in 18 months as New York will be losing two House seats.

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