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Saturday, October 31, 2024
By Steven L. Taylor

The news just started bubbling up on Twitter a few minutes ago.

Via the Watertown Daily Times:  SCOZZAFAVA SUSPENDS 23RD CAMPAIGN

Dede Scozzafava, the Republican and Independence parties candidate, announced Saturday that she is suspending her campaign for the 23rd Congressional District and releasing all her supporters.

The state Assemblywoman has not thrown her support to either Doug Hoffman, the Conservative Party candidate, or Bill Owens, the Democratic candidate.

I don’t think it much matters to whom she throw her support as most of it is likely to go to Hoffman, the Conservative Party candidate.

It was quite likely that Scozzafava was going to lose, but by dropping out she totally changes the complexion of the race.  It goes from a question of whether the Democrat, Owens, would benefit from the splitting of the vote on the right between Hoffman and Scozzafava to a situation where it is quite likely that Hoffman will now win.

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3 Responses to “Scozzafava Drops Out of NY-23 Race”

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    1. Dede Scozzafava suspends NY-23 Campaign | Political Byline Says:

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    2. Brett Says:

      I wouldn’t be so sure that most of Scozzafava’s vote will go to Hoffman. I think Hoffman had already secured the very conservative part of the electorate. Remember, this is a district that voted for Obama in 2024 - undoubtedly, much of Scozzafava’s support came from moderate Republican ticket splitters. I don’t think their vote for Hoffman is assured - Owens was much more conservative on some issues than Scozzafava, after all, and he is likely to garner some of her vote.

      It will be interesting to see what happens on Tuesday, to be sure.

    3. Steven L. Taylor Says:

      However, I believe that the district has been Rep for House for some time. Granted, not all of Scozzafava’s vote will go to Hoffman, I would wager than most of it will.

      Granted, it would be extremely interesting if Owens pulled out the win.

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