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7:35 PM ET, October 31, 2009

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Jude Seymour / Watertown Daily Times:
SCOZZAFAVA SUSPENDS 23RD CAMPAIGN  —  SIENA POLL SUGGESTS REPUBLICAN CAN'T WIN  —  Dede Scozzafava, the Republican and Independence parties candidate, announced Saturday that she is suspending her campaign for the 23rd Congressional District and releasing all her supporters.
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Michelle Malkin:
Radical leftist GOP candidate Dede Scozzafava quits  —  Finally: The spoiler exits the race.  —  Stacy McCain has the scoop: … Hey, GOP elites: Can you hear conservatives NOW?!  —  Ed Morrissey at Hot Air has the latest Siena Poll that doomed Scozzafava and adds:
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Blood In The Water  —  Scozzafava's statement, as she attempted to remain a Republican candidate, while actually supporting abortion rights and marriage equality: … No one knows what might happen now.  For the insurgents, it means a scalp they will surely use to purge the GOP of any further dissidence.
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Breaking: Scozzafava quits after Siena poll; Update: Hoffman campaign asking for endorsement?  —  Stacy McCain reports today that Dede Scozzafava has quit the special election in New York after an independent pollster found her badly trailing both Douglas Hoffman and Democrat Bob Owens.
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Scozzafava's Supporters Like Obama, Dislike Hoffman and Owens  —  Certainly, the conventional wisdom would be that when the Republican candidate suspends her campaign and encourages her supporters to vote for someone else, it would help the Conservative candidate more than the Democrat.
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
NY-23 Polling Odyssey  —  So this morning around 10 AM I started up our NY-23 poll and after a few hundred interviews it appeared that Doug Hoffman was now running away with it-unweighted numbers showed him at 45% to 26% for Bill Owens and 17% for Dede Scozzafava.
Alex Isenstadt / The Politico:
A profile in courage, it isn't  —  As conservative activists scored a political scalp, mainstream Republicans wasted no time in grasping at the coat tails of Conservative Doug Hoffman.  —  The much-watched off-year special election in upstate New York's 23rd Congressional District …
Mark Preston / CNN:
Gingrich endorses Hoffman  —  WASHINGTON (CNN)- Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who came under fire from some conservatives for endorsing Dede Scozzafava in next week's special Congressional election in New York, is now backing Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman.
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
Dede Drops Out!  —  Just four days before the election, Republican nominee DeDe Scozzafava abandoned her campaign for the congressional seat in New York's 23rd Congressional district.  Why?  “It was time to do the right thing, which is to release the Republican County chairs …
Tony Romm / The Hill:
GOP begins to rally behind Hoffman
Discussion: Hot Air
Valerie Bauman / Associated Press:
Republican in NY House race suspends campaign
Discussion: Blogcritics
Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:
NY23: SCOZZAFAVA QUITS!  UPDATE …
Chuck Todd / msnbc.com:
First Read: GOP catches big break in NY 23
Karl Vick / Capitol Briefing:
New Poll Shows a Dead Heat in N.Y.'s 23rd District Between Democrat, Conservative
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs and American Power
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:   NRCC Officially Endorses Conservative Party's Hoffman In NY-23
Paul Volpe / The Fix:
Scozzafava drops out of NY-23 special election
Discussion: TPMDC and Hullabaloo
CNN:
RNC commends Scozzafava, endorses Hoffman
Chris Megerian / New Jersey Online:
Paramus man claiming to work for Corzine arrested on drug charges  —  EAST RUTHERFORD — A Paramus man claiming to work for Gov. Jon Corzine's reelection campaign was arrested Friday night on drug charges after police found Ecstasy tablets in his car, authorities said.
Discussion: Raw Story
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Angela Montefinise / New York Post:
‘Corzine staffer’ busted with drugs  —  A man who identified himself as an official with New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine's re-election campaign was arrested last night after cops found found ecstasy tablets wrapped and ready to be sold in his car, police said.  —  Jason Shih, 25 …
Los Angeles Times:
California to withhold a bigger chunk of paychecks  —  The amount goes up 10% on Sunday as Sacramento borrows from taxpayers.  Technically, it's not an income tax increase: You'll get the money back eventually.  —  Reporting from Los Angeles and Sacramento - Starting Sunday …
Discussion: Hot Air and Don Surber
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Now, If Book Reviewers Read The Books...  The NY Times runs a review of a new Ayn Rand biography, “Ayn Rand and the World She Made” by Anne C. Heller.  —  The review would be even more interesting if the reviewer, Adam Kirsch of The New Republic, showed a token familiarity with Ms. Rand's work, or even with life here in reality.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
John Hannah, Patriot  —  By the time he left office, George W. Bush was hideously unpopular among the American people.  Indeed, people hated him so much that the public continues to have extremely low confidence in the political party to which he belonged.  Indeed, UFO conspiracy theories are more popular than the Republican Party.
 
 
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