It’s on: Tedisco vs. Murphy

Posted by: ST on March 31, 2009 at 12:21 pm

Polls opened this morning in the NY-20 district for the so-called “referendum on Obama/Congressional Democrats” race between Republican Jim Tedisco, who has served for nearly 30 years in the state Legislature, and Democrat Scott Murphy, a newbie to the political scene. The special election is being held because the seat was previously held by Kirsten Gillibrand, who was chosen by Governor Paterson to replace Hillary Clinton in the US Senate.

Should be an interesting race to follow, so make sure to check in at the Political Wire as they are on top of the latest developments via Twitter updates coming in from poll watchers and supporters of both candidates.

Here are five things to watch for in today’s election.

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One Response to “It’s on: Tedisco vs. Murphy”


  1. Mwalimu Daudi says:

    This should have been a cakewalk for Tedisco, with a 75-000 GOP advantage in party registration.

    But Tedisco waffled on the Porkulus bill for weeks and watched his 12-point lead evaporate. Tedisco then tried to run to the left of Democrats on the AIG bonuses, which turned off even more Republicans and independents without attracting Democrats (somewhere I ran across a poll that showed Tedisco only getting 67% of the GOP vote, with Murphy at nearly 90% of the Democrat vote). It will be interesting to see what turnout was like in GOP-friendly counties versus ACORN territory.

    The unofficial returns have Murphy winning with about 200 votes. To win at all Tedisco would have had to get 15,000-25,000 more votes than Murphy to overcome Democrat cheating.