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10:10 AM ET, November 4, 2009


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Watertown Daily Times:
HOFFMAN CLOSING ON OWENS  —  Democrat ahead of Conservative by 2,512 votes  —  Democrat Bill Owens is leading in the 23rd Congressional District race.  —  The Plattsburgh attorney has 50,884 votes compared to Conservative Doug Hoffman, a Lake Placid CPA, with 47,166 votes.
Erick Erickson / Erick's blog:
In NY-23, Conservatives Win  —  The race has now been called for Democrat Bill Owens.  —  This is a huge win for conservatives.  —  “Whaaaa. . . ?” you say.  —  There are two big victories at work in New York's 23rd Congressional District.  —  First, the GOP now must recognize …
David Weigel / The Washington Independent:
NY-23: Watertown Mayor: 'It's Over'  —  SARANAC LAKE, N.Y. - I caught Watertown, N.Y., Mayor Jeff Graham, who endorsed NY-23 Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman this weekend, looking very glum at Hoffman's election party.  I asked him what happened in Jefferson County, where Watertown is located …
Michelle Malkin:
The GOP elite's $1 million object lesson — and the message of NY-23  —  Conservatives owe NY-23 candidate Doug Hoffman immeasurable gratitude.  He overcame impossible odds (single digits just a month ago) to come within two points of defeating Democrat Bill Owens.  Hoffman had zero name recognition.
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Conservative Loses Upstate House Race in Blow to Right  —  SARANAC LAKE, N.Y. — Democrats won a special election in New York State's northernmost Congressional district Tuesday, a setback for national conservatives who heavily promoted a third candidate in what became an intense debate over the direction of the Republican Party.
Michael Patrick Leahy / TCOT REPORT 2009©:
Hoffman Barnstorms NY 23 in Plane
Josh Kraushaar / The Politico:
Owens preserves bright spot for Dems
New York Times:
G.O.P. Wins Two Key Governors' Races; Bloomberg Prevails in a Close Contest  —  Republicans swept contests for governor in New Jersey and Virginia on Tuesday as voters went to the polls filled with economic uncertainty, dealing President Obama a setback and building momentum …
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / New York Post:
The Obama magic has faded  —  All politics is local, they say, and Tuesday's off-off-year elections certainly had their local angles.  Jon Corzine has been a terrible governor even by the undemanding standards of terribly governed New Jersey.  Creigh Deeds, though he looked …
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
GOP sweeps gov races; Dem wins N.Y.  —  Republican gubernatorial candidates racked up major wins for the GOP in Virginia and New Jersey Tuesday night as Democrats scored a single victory in a special congressional election in upstate New York.  —  Former Virginia Attorney General Bob McDonnell …
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Gubernatorial contests serve as warning to Democrats  —  Off-year elections can be notoriously unreliable as predictors of the future, but as a window on how the political landscape may have changed in the year since President Obama won the White House, Tuesday's Republican victories in Virginia …
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
A Year After Dousing, Republicans' Hope Rekindled  —  WASHINGTON — The Republican victories in the races for New Jersey and Virginia governors put the party in a stronger position to turn back the political wave President Obama unleashed last year, setting the stage for Republicans to raise money …
Gary Langer / ABCNEWS:
'09 Exit Polls: Voters Approve of Obama, Wary of Economy  —  McDonnell Projected to Win VA; New Jersey Polls Close, Begin Count  —  Vast economic discontent marked the mood of Tuesday's off-year voters, portending potential trouble for incumbents generally and Democrats in particular in 2010.
Mark Preston / CNN:
Analysis: Elections not a referendum on Obama
Discussion: Riehl World View
Glen Bolger / TQIA:
Congratulations to Bob McDonnell; An Analysis of His Win
Discussion: The Fix
The Politico:
Dems, incumbents get wake-up call
Discussion: The Sarah Palin Blog
Daniel Stone / Newsweek Blogs:
Why Creigh Deeds Lost Virginia
Discussion: Associated Press and Macsmind
Republicans win key US elections
Discussion: the talking dog
Abby Goodnough / New York Times:
Maine Voters Repeal Law Allowing Gay Marriage  —  In a stinging setback for the national gay-rights movement, Maine voters narrowly decided to repeal the state's new law allowing same-sex marriage.  —  With 87 percent of precincts reporting early this morning, 53 percent of voters had approved the repeal …
Susan M. Cover /
Mainers vote down gay marriage law  —  The measure is repealed in a close vote, 53-47 percent  —  PORTLAND — Maine voters on Tuesday narrowly voted to repeal a law that would have made the state one of a handful that allow same-sex couples to marry.  —  At 1 a.m., with 87 percent …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Devin Dwyer / ABCNEWS:
Maine Voters Overturn Gay Marriage Law
Maria Sacchetti / Boston Globe:   Maine voters overturn state's new same-sex marriage law
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
Secret copyright treaty leaks.  It's bad.  Very bad.  —  The internet chapter of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, a secret copyright treaty whose text Obama's administration refused to disclose due to “national security” concerns, has leaked.  It's bad.  It says:
Discussion: QandO
Wall Street Journal:
Iranian Police Clash With Protesters  —  DUBAI — Iranian authorities battled with opposition protesters in Tehran Wednesday, after demonstrators used the 30th anniversary of the storming of the U.S. Embassy as cover for their first significant protest in weeks.
Joe Garofoli / San Francisco Chronicle:
Garamendi beats field for Tauscher's seat  —  (11-03) 23:36 PST — Democratic Lt. Gov. John Garamendi is heading to Washington, D.C., today to be sworn into Congress after beating four other candidates in a special election to fill the Congressional seat vacated by Rep. Ellen Tauscher, D-Walnut Creek.
Discussion: The Nation and The Confluence
Tim Alberta / The Politico:   Democrat wins Calif. special election
Erick Erickson / RedState:
Is Americans For Tax Reform On Our Side Still?  Its Tax Policy Director Clearly Is Not.  —  Dede Scozzafava, the has been former Republican candidate for NY-23, voted for tax increases in the New York legislature 198 times.  But, when Dede wanted to get in good with the Republican …
Discussion: Campaign Trail
Glenn Garvin / Chicago Tribune:
‘V’ aims at Obamamania  —  Imagine this.  At a time of political turmoil, a charismatic, telegenic new leader arrives virtually out of nowhere.  He offers a message of hope and reconciliation based on compromise and promises to marshal technology for a better future that will include universal health care.
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