March 31st, 2009
11:10 AM ET
9 years ago

Last-minute Obama turnout plea in NY-20

This is not the first time the president has weighed in on the campaign.

This is not the first time the president has weighed in on the campaign.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Obama sent supporters a last-minute pitch Monday night to boost turnout in today's special congressional election in New York's 20th congressional district.

In an e-mail sent out via the Democratic National Committee's Organizing For America grassroots effort, the president urged the party's voters to head to the polls to vote for venture capitalist Scott Murphy. "I need you to go vote...It's going to be a very close race, and your vote could make all the difference," he wrote. Historically, turnout in such special contests is very low.

This is not the first time the president has weighed in on the campaign. Last week, his endorsement of Murphy was touted in a DNC-funded television ad in the district. Murphy is running against Republican Jim Tedisco in the election to fill the seat left vacant when Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand was appointed to fill the Senate seat vacated by Hillary Clinton.

In his Monday e-mail message, the president linked a Murphy victory to passage of the administration's agenda. "With Scott in Congress, we'll work together to bring about solutions to our economic challenges and create new jobs in Upstate New York and across the country."

Tedisco has looked to make Murphy's support for the president's stimulus plan a major issue in the closing days of the campaign - and Republicans, sensing a chance to gain back a seat that has traditionally been in GOP hands and take some momentum from the president, have poured resources into the New York assemblyman's candidacy.

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soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. JL

    Anita, where have you been? This is America and trust "this is what they DO". Not only should President Obama do it, it can and is done LEGALLY. republican's need to stop living around the banks of DENIAL (not the river in Africa folks).

    March 31, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  2. Roland

    I don't believe that our citizens of America can no longer trust their government to make the right decisions anymore and the voter turn out speakes for itself, public execution of politicians, Bankers and Insurance executives would probably help the voter turn out !

    March 31, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  3. Mississippi Mike

    The Candidate in Chief hits the trail again. He does realize there is more to being an elected official than campaigning, right?

    March 31, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  4. political junkie

    New York,

    Put Murphy to work for all AMERICANS, Tedisco, should stay where he is for now, he has done great things for our state, and we don't need to loose that voice right now!!!!

    Let's go to work NEW YORK!!!!

    March 31, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  5. John

    First I would like to thank Obama for reminding me to vote, and second for taking Hillary out of NY and replacing her with a very moderate democrat in Gillibrand who will not blindly support your policies. Second I'm getting out to vote for Tedisco. Murphy just does not have what it takes.

    March 31, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |

    Keep it up Lets get the Party of NO Party of Fear and Division out the Republicans no more needed

    March 31, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  7. Tannim

    Murphy was endorsed by Libertarian candidate Eric Sundwall after the Tedisco camp engaged in dirty tricks to throw him off the ballot after Sundwall did the highly difficult task of getting 7000 ballot signatures in 12 days–a task that no candidate should have to do if the ballot access laws were fair and equitable for all candidates. Vote Murphy to punish Tedisco for his chicanery.

    March 31, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
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