April 24, 2009

Democrat Scott Murphy wins the race in the congressional district of NY-20 in upstate New York formerly held by Kirsten Gillibrand, now Senator Gillibrand. Republican Jim Tedisco conceded just over three weeks from the election date, down by less than 400 votes of over 160,000 cast with no hope of catching Murphy with only a few hundred absentee ballots left to count.

One well-known local commentator called it a humiliating defeat for Tedisco, who was the State Assembly Minority Leader prior to this election. He was expected to win in a cakewalk against a Murphy who had never run for political office before, but ran a great campaign anyway. The Republicans in general, and RNC chair Michael Steele in particular have egg on their faces over this one.

The DNC has already put up an ad:

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