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11:45 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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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.
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:
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.
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.
Frank Rich / New York Times:
The G.O.P. Stalinists Invade Upstate New York  —  BARACK OBAMA'S most devilish political move since the 2008 campaign was to appoint a Republican congressman from upstate New York as secretary of the Army.  This week's election to fill that vacant seat has set off nothing less than a riotous and bloody national G.O.P. civil war.
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 …
Michelle Malkin:
NYT columnist Frank Rich has the heebie-jeebies  —  Aw, poor Frank Rich.  The far Left columnist for the New York Times is spooked by mainstream conservatives asserting themselves in the NY-23 congressional race.  —  Limited government activists rising up against the GOP elite?  —  Horrors!
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.
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:   Doug Hoffman Is Scaaary!
Tony Romm / The Hill:
GOP begins to rally behind Hoffman
Discussion: Hot Air
Chuck Todd / msnbc.com:
First Read: GOP catches big break in NY 23
Valerie Bauman / Associated Press:
Republican in NY House race suspends campaign
Discussion: Blogcritics
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:   NRCC Officially Endorses Conservative Party's Hoffman In NY-23
Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:
NY23: SCOZZAFAVA QUITS!  UPDATE …
New York Times:
Democrats Push for Plan to Cut Deficit  —  WASHINGTON — Faced with anxiety in financial markets about the huge federal deficit and the potential for it to become an electoral liability for Democrats, the White House and Congressional leaders are weighing options for narrowing the gap …
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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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.
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
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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