#1 Weiners Old District,Brooklyn and Queens, About to Go Conservative
09-09-2011, 12:10 PM
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Poll: Republicans On Verge Of Shocking NYC Upset:D
Republican Bob Turner holds a six-point lead in next week's special election to replace disgraced former Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., according to a new Siena College poll released early Friday that shows voters in the overwhelmingly Democratic district are poised to deliver a stinging rebuke to President Obama and his party.
Turner leads Democratic Assemblyman David Weprin in the poll, 50 percent to 44 percent. Six percent of likely voters in the Sept. 13th election are undecided.
Discontent with Washington and the president is at the heart of Turner's shocking upset bid. In a district he won by 11 points just three years ago, Obama's favorability rating is now upside down in the Siena poll, with 54 percent having an unfavorable opinion of Obama and only 43 percent viewing him favorably. A remarkable 38 percent of Democrats and 68 percent of independents hold an unfavorable view of the president.
The Republican also has all the momentum: A Siena poll conducted four weeks ago showed Weprin with a six-point advantage. Turner's lead does fall barely within the margin of error, but the poll shows that the GOP is on the verge of a most unlikely victory in the Outer Boroughs-based district, where Democrats hold a three-to-one advantage on the voter rolls.
But the Democratic registration advantage is tempered by the poll's crosstabs. Turner runs much stronger among Republicans, holding 90 percent of the vote, than Weprin does among Democrats, taking just 63 percent. Independents are overwhelmingly lined up behind the Republican, with 65 percent of them supporting Turner and 27 percent choosing Weprin.
09-09-2011, 12:12 PM
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Ed Koch backs Republican in Weiner's old district
(CNN) - As the special election to replace former Rep. Anthony Weiner heats up in Brooklyn and Queens, the Republican candidate, Bob Turner, received a ringing endorsement Monday from one of the Empire State's top Democrats.
Former New York City Mayor Ed Koch announced his support Monday for Turner amid his hopes that the special election in the 9th congressional district, a strongly Jewish area, will become a referendum on President Barack Obama's policies on Israel.
In his anger over the president's May Mideast speech, which recommended that a peace solution include a return to Israel's pre-1967 borders with land swaps, Koch said in a statement Monday that Obama is "willing to throw [Israel] under the bus" and end relations with the state.
"The election of Bob Turner in a normally safe Democratic district running against President Obama's position on Israel...would send a message to his own party leadership as well as to President Obama," Koch said in a statement Monday.
The former mayor has repeatedly referenced the 2010 election of Sen. Scott Brown in Massachusetts, where a Republican captured a long held Democratic seat, as a move that got Obama's attention. And he hopes to see the same effect happen in NY-9 come Election Day on Sept. 13.
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