What the results of the "too close to call" election in NY-20 tells us is that it's a huge win for President Obama and another repudiation of Republicans in Congress. With a 70,000 voter advantage and Republicans spending almost double in Tedisco's district, the fact that Murphy leads by under a hundred votes is pretty amazing. Nobody I talked to thought there was a remote chance that Murphy had a shot at this.
Tedisco gave up over a 20-point lead faster then Usain Bolt ran the 100-yard dash in the Olympics. So just how unpopular is the Republican party?
The DCCC's Chris Van Hollen said it best:
"From 21 points down to securing a majority of the vote tonight, congratulations to Scott Murphy who ran an extraordinary campaign focused on his record as a successful businessman who helped to create jobs and his strong support for President Obama's economic recovery act. As votes continue to be counted, we're confident that Scott Murphy will expand his lead.
"Scott Murphy's strong showing in this district where Republicans outnumber Democrats by more than 70,000 represents a rejection of the obstructionist agenda and scare tactics that have become the hallmark of House Republicans."
Free Republic readers are freaking out.
Why did we not win this seat easily.
Because half the voters are stupid enough to vote for the Democrat.
That would be a lot of stupid Republican voters...