GOP Candidate Drops Out of Special NY Congressional Race, Leaving Democrat and Conservative Party Candidate in Two-Way Race
Republican in NY House Race Suspends Campaign
Sunday, November 01, 2009
By Valerie Bauman, Associated Press
Albany, N.Y. - Fighting plunging support, Republican Dierdre Scozzafava has abruptly suspended her campaign in a special election for a U.S. House seat that has exposed a rift among national factions of the party.
Campaign spokesman Matt Burns said Scozzafava is essentially withdrawing from the race, although her name will remain on Tuesday's ballot. She thinks stepping aside is best for the party, he said.
"It is increasingly clear that pressure is mounting on many of my supporters to shift their support," Scozzafava said in a written statement Saturday. "Consequently, I hereby release those individuals who have endorsed and supported my campaign to transfer their support as they see fit."
The announcement comes after a Siena College poll found she was in third place with 20 percent of the vote in the heavily Republican upstate New York district that has been safe ground for the party for more than 100 years. Conservative Party nominee Doug Hoffman and Democratic nominee Bill Owens were too close to call with 35 percent and 36 percent, respectively.
This is an interesting wake-up call to the Republican party. It shows that a third party "Conservative" style party could possibly win in the General election? I hope the idiotic Republican's wake up and smell the coffee. The conservative agenda is what America needs most now.