November 4, 2009

HE'LL WIN IT IN '10...:

Scozzafava Spoils Doug Hoffman's Run? (John McCormack, November 4, 2009, Weekly Standard)


With 92 percent of precincts reporting, Democrat Bill Owens claimed victory over conservative Doug Hoffman by a 49 percent to 45 percent margin. Republican Dede Scozzafava got six percent of the vote. Her name remained on the ballot though she dropped out of the race and endorsed the Democrat over the weekend--a move that may have been the decisive event that denied Hoffman a stunning upset Tuesday night. [...]

Another factor that contributed to Hoffman's loss was that his name was buried on the ballot (see here). Watertown's Mayor Graham says that "coming off line D, it became increasingly difficult to get out of the 40s"--i.e. in the forty-percent range. "When you think about it, when you go from nothing--a guy on the street--to 46 on a minor party line is pretty good in a way, but making a statement doesn't really compare to winning."


...but ballot confusion was always going to be the main thing working against him.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 4, 2009 6:14 AM
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