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9:20 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.
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 …
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
GOP sweeps gov races; Dem wins NY  —  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 …
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 …
Tom Bevan / Real Clear Politics:
Election Night Live Blog  —  Comment and analysis on tonight's elections in Virginia, New Jersey, and New York:  —  12:02 — FOX declares the race for Owens.  With 71% in, Maine looks to be overriding the legislature's decision to allow gay marriage in the state, though it's still too close to call.
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.
Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:
NY23 Election Results HQ; UPDATE: Team Hoffman predicts ‘close’ victory; UPDATE II: Numbers in the war room; UPDATE III: HOFFMAN CONCEDES  —  12:35 a.m. WED. 12/4: “This one was worth the fight,” Doug Hoffman said in his concession speech.  “This is only one fight in the battle.”
David Weigel / The Washington Independent:
NY-23: [UPDATE] Hoffman Accuses Democrats of ‘Stealing the Election’  —  PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. — At a short press availability in his campaign office here, NY-23 Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman said that a GOTV volunteer's tires had been slashed, and all but blamed Democrats for the dirty trick.
Michael Patrick Leahy / TCOT REPORT 2009©:   Hoffman Barnstorms NY 23 in Plane
Josh Kraushaar / The Politico:
Owens preserves bright spot for Dems
Discussion: The Other McCain
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 …
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 …
Christie Gives GOP Stunning Win In N.J.  —  NEW YORK (CBS) ― In the end, all the stumping in the world from the President of the United States wasn't going to stop regime change in New Jersey's highest office.  —  Republican Chris Christie ended Democrat Jon Corzine's four-year run in Trenton with a narrow victory on Tuesday.
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.
Ian Urbina / New York Times:
In Virginia, McDonnell Ends Democrats' Streak
Discussion: Washington Post, Guardian and The Page
Associated Press:   Republican Christie captures NJ governor's race
The Politico:
Gibbs: Obama ‘not watching returns’
Glen Bolger / TQIA:
Congratulations to Bob McDonnell; An Analysis of His Win
Discussion: The Fix
Daniel Stone / Newsweek Blogs:
Why Creigh Deeds Lost Virginia
Discussion: Associated Press and Macsmind
Republicans win key US elections
Discussion: the talking dog
Mark Preston / CNN:   Analysis: Elections not a referendum on Obama
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
NBC reverses Bloomberg call  —  Wow: This is looking to be a very long night for the billionaire-incumbent-front- runner in New York.  —  With more than a third of the votes in, it's a 1-point race.  NBC called it for Bloomberg — but just reversed that call.
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 …
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
Tim Alberta / The Politico:   Democrat wins Calif. special election
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.
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
Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
Congress Poised to Keep Homebuyers' Tax Credit  —  WASHINGTON — The Senate and House are poised to agree on a compromise measure to extend unemployment benefits that also would expand a popular $8,000 tax credit for homebuyers, despite a recent government report on extensive mistakes and suspected fraud in the program.
Discussion: Clusterstock
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