November 4th, 2009
12:19 AM ET
5 years ago

CNN projects Owens wins in NY-23

CNN projects that Democrat Bill Owens has won the battle for New York's 23rd congressional district, defeating Conservative Party candidate Bill Hoffman.


Filed under: New York
soundoff (40 Responses)
  1. Neil Robertson

    Hey Repubs, you can have the two Governor's seats in NJ and VA. I'd much rather have a net gain in Democratic majority control of the US House – Governors do not get a vote on the federal government option version of the US Health Care Act of 2010 – newly-elected Congressman Owens from the NY 23rd DOES! And he is going to vote for THE most liberal version of the Act that Speaker Pelosi can get to the floor for a vote! HAR HAR HAR! Suck on it Republicans!

    November 4, 2009 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  2. Lou

    How funny! This is the race I was interested in because Palin opened her big flap about it and as usual another loss follows her. She should really go away and anyone she tries to support should shun her and publicly state that her support was not solicited nor wanted.

    November 4, 2009 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  3. Nicholas Martinez

    Congratulations Bill Owens!

    November 4, 2009 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  4. Rosebud

    To Palin, Beck, Rush and the rest of those carpet-tea-bagger cronies... pie in the face. Yuu got played by the WH and Rahm Emanuel!

    November 4, 2009 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  5. Jose

    :-) so much for Palin Power huh. a repudiation of the tea bagger movement.

    November 4, 2009 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  6. M

    I am so proud of Bill Owens and Dede Scozzafava.

    November 4, 2009 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
  7. Erik in Real Pennsylvania

    This wasa referendum on rightwingnuttery.

    November 4, 2009 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
  8. Texas Liberal

    Well this race is one bright spot for us "progressives" this evening...
    and it serves the "far right" a wake-up call in this usually Republican District. You cannot go "hard right" in the Northeast and win.
    It might work in the South – but not in the Northeast.
    I really think the the election results in both Virginia and New Jersey had more to do with the economy and jobs than any real "ideological" shift. Corzine had a respectable showing – just short of victory.

    A Democrat won Mayor of Charlotte, NC, for the first time in decades,
    and a Democratic popular openly lesbian candidate is the leading vote getter in the race to be Mayor of Houston, TX the nations 4th largest city ! (There will be a runoff)

    Tonight's results should show my fellow progressives that we cannot rest on our laurels – we are going to have to fight for our progressive agenda in 2010 and beyond ! Could have been better...oh well.

    November 4, 2009 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  9. daman74

    YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 4, 2009 12:35 am at 12:35 am |
  10. Ndubueze Chuku

    Did anyone expect that Hoffman was going to win? You can't bring someone who has Sarah Palin's IQ and force him on New Yorkers. This is what you get. Hoffman and Sarah Palin have had their butts kicked.

    November 4, 2009 12:35 am at 12:35 am |
  11. gg

    That's my bigest hope!! I am so happy!

    November 4, 2009 12:35 am at 12:35 am |
  12. LuccaB

    Very good news here. We seem to be so impatient when the Democrats are in the majority. To win this district is good news that, perhaps, we have some patience at last. We have to keep our eye on the long term.

    November 4, 2009 12:36 am at 12:36 am |
  13. Mike H

    There should be no excuses for the Democrats to fail getting their legislation enacted. The country as a whole appears to be on the side of progress, though my state – Texas – still seems somewhat stuck in the mud.... [sigh]

    Forget about rallying the "Party of No Ideas" around the health care proposals and just get it done!

    November 4, 2009 12:37 am at 12:37 am |
  14. Kenneth Barr

    The Owens victory shows the shallowness of the extreme right wing. They sabotaged the race in a district that has been one of the most reliable Republican seats for 150 years. Great job, Rush, Glen and company.

    November 4, 2009 12:38 am at 12:38 am |
  15. Kevin Parris

    what a joke ...... the 6% of so called republicans who voted for someone who wasn't even in the race have disgraced America more than the Democrates ever will. And that is saying alot.

    November 4, 2009 12:39 am at 12:39 am |
  16. Wes

    To heck with the Virginia races, the Democrats had the weakest candidates and the New Jersey race was about that governor's corruption. What about the New York race, now that's sweet music that ole Rush, Sarah and all the other goofballs of the GOP will have to go back to being dingy, crazy and popping pills again.

    November 4, 2009 12:40 am at 12:40 am |
  17. JAM

    Repubs eat their own!

    November 4, 2009 12:40 am at 12:40 am |
  18. vezuvion1

    This is a major win for the people. To unseat a republican stronghold that has been locked down for decades speaks major volumes. Because the GOPers came from all over the country led by the nutjob chicky poo who doesnt ever deserve to have her name spoken and they lost the 23rd NY district is beyond a blessing. This win instantly takes the wind out of the GOPs grandstand celebration of winning the N.J. and VA. governor races.

    They can spin it, twist, contort it and deny it all they want, the people spoke and the truth prevailed. A major, major upset. Barbour may got the last word in, but the people got the last laugh.

    Now begins the crumbling of the GOP despicable and cowardly plan to ride a wave of change in the 2010 mid-terms.

    It is a grand day indeed. A very grand day to see another GOP stranglehold end, especially one of the longest most entrenched GOP districts. Take a hike Hoffman, you lost and you send a message to the american people.

    The democrat voters are watching and they will come out in force in 2010 and counter the anger of the GOP rank and file and all the sad extremist. Yes extremist, they are beyond conservative.

    The lord and the angels are dancing with joy, because the signals the trumpets of truth and goodness will finally prevail...........

    November 4, 2009 12:43 am at 12:43 am |
  19. Dan, TX

    The conservatives who support the US getting out of Iraq and Afghanistan need to support Obama now. Why are we taking money away from conservatives to spend in Iraq and Afghanistan. The government is stealing your money to give to the muslims. Get out of Iraq and Afghanistan now. Support the democrats.

    November 4, 2009 12:44 am at 12:44 am |
  20. Lee

    About time. The district has been Republican since the 19th Century, even after redistricting occurred in 2002.

    This election proved that hysterics from the right wing didn't work. Look at the numbers! At least 4500 more people voted for the Democrat, and the Republican who pulled out after being viciously attacked - and I mean VICIOUSLY attacked - by the conservative right wing, still got over 6,000 votes. It's not a heavily populated district - it's rural. 6,000 Republicans and some independent voters said NO to the right wing. They voted Republican for the real Republican candidate.

    November 4, 2009 12:44 am at 12:44 am |
  21. Prof. Charles, University of Texas

    Apparently there are absentee ballots. This call might be early. However, A Hoffman win here will derail future of GOP.

    November 4, 2009 12:49 am at 12:49 am |
  22. Scott

    Thank god.....Hoffman was a loon!

    November 4, 2009 12:52 am at 12:52 am |
  23. Susan

    Great. The only candidate Sarah Palin endorsed lost.

    November 4, 2009 12:55 am at 12:55 am |
  24. Nija

    Way to go Man United Lib.

    November 4, 2009 12:55 am at 12:55 am |
  25. Marc Gendron

    Congratulations Mr. Owens!!!!
    Over 130 years of Republican rule comes to an end.

    Not the money from the RNC, Palin, Thompson, Beck, Limbaugh or Pataki could help the loser Hoffman. How dare they try to BUY the election with all their nasty commercials.

    You Republicans are the party of MESS.

    Godspeed.

    November 4, 2009 01:01 am at 1:01 am |
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