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5:15 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:
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.
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.
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.
Alex Isenstadt / The Politico:
A profile in courage, it isn't  —  As the tea party movement scored its first political scalp, mainstream Republicans wasted no time in grasping at the coat tails of Conservative Doug Hoffman.  —  The high-profile off-year special election House race in upstate New York that had Republicans scrambling …
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.
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.
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 …
Josh Kraushaar / Scorecard's Blog:
BREAKING: Scozzafava suspends NY 23 campaign  —  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 two opponents — Conservative party candidate Doug Hoffman or Democrat Bill Owens.
Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:
NY23: SCOZZAFAVA QUITS!  UPDATE: New poll shows Hoffman in dead heat with Democrat Owens  —  Just confirmed that Republican candidate Dede Scozzafava has quit the race.  Speaking to supporters, Scozzafava broke down in tears.  —  UPDATE: Scozzafava, the hand-picked choice of the New York state GOP …
Tony Romm / The Hill:   GOP begins to rally behind Hoffman
Chuck Todd / msnbc.com:
First Read: GOP catches big break in NY 23
Discussion: Daily Pundit
David Weigel / The Washington Independent:
NY-23: GOP Candidate Drops Out
Discussion: Minnesota Independent
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:   NRCC Officially Endorses Conservative Party's Hoffman 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
Jude Seymour / Watertown Daily Times:
SCOZZAFAVA SUSPENDS CAMPAIGN
CNN:
RNC commends Scozzafava, endorses Hoffman
Paul Volpe / The Fix:
Scozzafava drops out of NY-23 special election
Discussion: TPMDC and Hullabaloo
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:   Scozzafava Drops Out of Congressional Race
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 …
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Chris Megerian / New Jersey Online:
Paramus man claiming to work for Corzine arrested on drug charges
Discussion: Raw Story
Jazz Shaw / The Moderate Voice:
So Much for Tort Reform  —  As we dig deeper into the behemoth House health care bill, the blatant honesty of Howard Dean shines through the extensive document.  You may recall when the former DNC chair said, “the reason why tort reform is not in the bill is because the people who wrote …
Discussion: Hot Air, Liberal Values and RedState
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Jennifer Rubin / Commentary:   A Gift for the Lawyers  —  A friend points out a little nugget …
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.
Discussion: ATTACKERMAN and The New Republic
Bill Dedman / msnbc.com:
Obama names 110 White House visitors  —  Most guests still hidden; list shows Bill Gates, Oprah, bank CEOs, Soros  —  The White House on Friday released a small list of visitors to the White House since President Barack Obama took office in January, including lobbyists, business executives, activists and celebrities.
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Right Wing Falsely Asserts Right Wing Boogeymen Bill Ayers …
 
 
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