Nobody is hiding anywhere McBear. Just more of your mis-characterization.
Perhaps you can answer in this way: of the 70,000+ majority conservative Republicans in this district, which conservative faction voted for the Democrat in this race ?:
Democratic Candidate Apparent Winner in close NY Race
By Jill Lawrence, USA TODAY
A special House election Tuesday in New York's conservative Hudson Valley
was so close it produced no immediate winner or definitive signs of a national mood.
With all precincts counted in New York's 21st Congressional District, Democratic newcomer Scott Murphy had a microscopic 65-vote lead over veteran Republican state legislator Jim Tedisco, according to the Associated Press. Close to 155,000 votes were cast.
The next steps involve re-checking the math at all precincts and counting absentee and provisional ballots, according to the Democratic and Republican House campaign committees. The absentee count could take a while; the deadline for overseas ballots to arrive is April 13.
Murphy, 39, a venture capitalist from Glens Falls, and Assembly Minority Leader Tedisco, 58, of Saratoga Springs, want to succeed Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand. She was named to the Senate on Jan. 23 after Hillary Rodham Clinton became secretary of State.
Gerald Benjamin, a political scientist at the State University of New York-New Paltz, called the election a test of "the pulling power of the Obama network without Obama running." It was also a test of Obama's plans, in particular the $787 billion stimulus package. Obama described Murphy as a future ally. "We'll work together" to repair the economy, he said in an endorsement e-mail last week.
Both sides claimed bragging rights despite the deadlock.
Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine, chairman of the Democratic National Committee, said Murphy had "stormed from more than 20 points down" in polls to winning a majority of votes cast Tuesday. He called that "a repudiation of the failed politics and policies that Republicans continue to embrace."
Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Texas, chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, said the opposite — that the results underscored "the effectiveness of the Republican message of fiscal responsibility and accountability that Americans are demanding in the wake of the AIG scandal." He predicted victory for Tedisco when absentee ballots are tallied.
Republicans in the district outnumber Democrats by about 70,000, but Republicans "have shown very little hesitation about crossing party lines" in the current political environment, GOP strategist Todd Harris said.
Gillibrand won re-election last year with 62% of the vote. And although George W. Bush carried the district in 2004, Obama narrowly won it last year. The results reflected Democratic gains in exurban and rural areas and GOP decline in the Northeast. The last Republican House member from New England lost in 2008.
"The brand of the Republican Party has been so tarnished in the Northeast," party strategist John Feehery said. "You can't just impose a Washington-centric message on the Northeast."
The two candidates adhered to their party lines on Obama's stimulus package. Like Democrats in Congress, Murphy backed it as a path to recovery. House Republicans all voted no, and Tedisco said he would have opposed it — but he didn't say that until March 16, a month after Obama signed it into law.
Murphy criticized Tedisco for not taking a stand. Tedisco, once he did, hammered Murphy as a supporter of the AIG bonuses the bill allowed. And now both sides say their arguments worked.
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