Mosque-hating Republican Bob Turner whupped David Weprin in NY-9 last night. Proving that he’s a shitty candidate to the bitter end, Welprin refused to concede his obvious loss. Nate Silver has some clear-eyed analysis.
Following up on yesterday’s post, where my main claim was that special elections are tough on the incumbent party, consider this: Since 2008, New York has had
four five special elections, in NY-20, NY-23 NY-29, NY-26 and NY-9. In every all but one case, the seat flipped. NY-20, NY-23, which hadn’t been held by a Democrat since the Civil War, is still in Democratic hands even after the brutal 2010 election.
Update: I forgot one special.