November 4th, 2009
06:31 PM ET
12 years ago

Palin: NY-23 race 'just postponed until 2010'

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Sarah Palin said the race in NY-23 is 'just postponed until 2010.'"]
(CNN) - Democrat Bill Owens may have won last night's special election in New York's 23rd congressional district - but Sarah Palin said Wednesday that race "is not over."

Writing on Facebook early Wednesday morning, the former Alaska governor praised Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman and "all the other under-dog candidates who have the courage to put themselves out there and run against the odds."

"The race for New York's 23rd District is not over, just postponed until 2010," Palin wrote. "The issues of this election have always centered on the economy – on the need for fiscal restraint, smaller government, and policies that encourage jobs. In 2010, these issues will be even more crucial to the electorate."

Owens – the first Democrat to win this district since the 19th century – is up for re-election in 2010.

Palin, along with prominent conservatives Tim Pawlenty, Fred Thompson and Dick Armey, backed Hoffman last month over then-Republican nominee, Dede Scozzafava, who dropped out the weekend before Election Day. The race garnered national attention over the Republican Party split between the Scozzafava and the more conservative Hoffman.

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soundoff (146 Responses)
  1. That Other Jerry

    Republicans had no business choosing Scozzafava if they intended to hang her out to dry. No matter their wins in other races, the GOP once again managed to shoot themselves in the foot with this one. Can't blame her a bit for pulling out & throwing her support to the Democrats. Americans have by & large avoided the fractious multi-party coalition politics of other countries by having two broad-based, inclusive big parties. The GOP's insistence on lockstep adherence to hard conservatism is endangering their existence as a major party. Before they continue down this path, they need to realize that if they split, it won't be the party of the base that holds the real power; it will be the group that ends up attracting those swing voters in the middle that have decided every recent election.

    November 4, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  2. Sherry

    Translation – The rich get richer and the poor get poorer. No big shock that Republicans are for big business and had McCain/Palin won the election last November, we would be in a deep, deep depression with more people out of work. It took the previous administration 8 yrs to get us into the hole we are in and everyone expects the new administration to "fix it" in 10 months. Get a grip! No one is a miracle worker, give this administration a chance. As for Health Care Reform? If the Republicans were truly interested in helping the American people, they would have done so or at least made the attempt in the 8 yrs they were in charge. Guess that explains why they aren't interested. They and THEIR families are covered, so they aren't concerned about those beneath them.

    November 4, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  3. Brian

    Why was Doug Hoffman "running against the odds"? I thought that the conservative message was so pure that none could resist its appeal. Was it because he wasn't conservative enough?

    November 4, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  4. If wishes were horses,

    Hey Sarah. when you postpone something means nothing has been dealt with until in the near future. The results are in. The person your endorsed lost and Owen has already gone in history books of a Dem to win the seat in 100 years!

    November 4, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  5. slipthalo

    If I'm not mistaken, NY23 is surrounded by Democrat districts and is set to be split up and will be absorbed by those districts surrounding it. If a largely Republican district didn't think highly of Sarah this year, what will they think of her endorsement after being split up? Oh Sarah, you think too highly of yourself.

    November 4, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  6. We Won Get Over It

    OH is that why she screamed and yelled and endorsed the candidate. Is that why they brought in a out of district guy....hmmmmmmm are they going to bring in and OUT OF COUNTRY candidate for president. So then we can start our birthers campaign.

    By the way...I'd rather see us win two more house seats then to win two governorships. Which would add nothing to the national scene, only a terrible tragedy for the people of Virginia and New Jersey.

    November 4, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  7. Susan

    when will Palin reveal her ghost-writer on Facebook?
    She aint no knowledge to write a full sentence. You bethca.

    November 4, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  8. Brendan

    Maybe she doesnt understand the definition of election.

    November 4, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  9. Jim Weller

    Umm.... Sorry Sarah, I think we have elections every year, not every 2. I'm pretty sure we had one yesterday and if your candidate ends up with less votes than the other guy.... YOU LOSE!!!!!

    November 4, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  10. Tracie

    I would really like Sarah Palin to get back to school for more understanding about the nation and the world, instead of being too to the left. God bless America

    November 4, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    Palin saying something, anything, that makes any sense whatsoever has been postponed until further notice.

    November 4, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  12. a little sad

    Well, since she considered herself a "lame duck" halfway through what should have been her service as governor, we already knew her interpretation of the calendar was a little off.

    But whatever the period on Owens incumbency, Palin et al cost the republicans one more congressional seat, which they held for 150 years.

    Way to go Sarah!

    Am I happy? You betcha!

    November 4, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  13. Ethan

    Not that Sarah is playing with a full deck, but re: "under-dog candidates," how was Doug Hoffman an underdog when he had the backing of the full GOP establishment and all the socially and fiscally conservative groups. Combined they outspent Owens the Dem 3 to 1... in a seat held by the GOP since the Civil War. Um, "underdog"??? Haha. Ummm. No.

    November 4, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  14. Rich D

    This WAS a major victory for Conservatives/3rd parties. An unknown and (honestly) unimpressive candidate like Doug Hoffman came within 6 points of victory. I think this says a lot about the desire of Citizens to return to a conservative platform and about the power of Palin et al to engage the populace in the election process. Many in the 23rd were voting for conservatism rather than for Hoffman. Incidentally, according to my research, the last Dem to hold the 23rd seat was in 1983 (not a "over a century ago" )

    November 4, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  15. Mike Dallas

    The real winner in last nights elections, were the RINOs.

    Both the victors in VA and NJ ran as moderates and avoided the social issues, so dear to the neo-con "christians".

    The loser was missy whose endorsement helped to usher in the first Dem since 1872.

    Now, she is reduced to being the Twitter twit and "author" of Facebook funnies.

    November 4, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  16. Davis Burroughs

    and why does anyone care what Sarah Palin has to say?

    November 4, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  17. Navy Vet

    So it's "just postponed". Although someone else won, because he's going to serve only one year until the next election it's "postponed"?

    Is that like being a little bit pregnant?>

    November 4, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  18. E

    Um, no actually the results are in Palin, that is how elections work. People vote, someone wins, someone loses. Just because the person you wanted doesn't win does not mean it isn't REAL.

    November 4, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  19. Carlos Averhoff

    What Sarah needs to do is 'postpone' herself from American politics permanently. If I was a politician I wold run like hell from any endorsement that would come from Sarah, I would hate to look out my window I see this dimbat looking in.
    She remains the inarticulate not ready for prime time 'mama', go back and take care of your kids...Sarah!

    November 4, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  20. jjj

    Whats in District 23 – why is this a nationally broadcast thing?

    I'm so sick of people – I don't judget President Obama because some GOP-er won a governorship or a Dem won a congressional race. Slow days for the media, I guess.

    November 4, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  21. jace

    so in other words she didn't receive the message.

    the conservative lost in this tiny race with the help of Palin's and Limbaugh's endorsements.

    The United States will not be influenced by the conservative agenda ever again! you WILL lose! we outnumber your idiotic views!

    November 4, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  22. simp

    Wake up nit wit, hoffman lost because YOU jumped in the mix and start flapping your dumb mouth, nobody likes you, you are a train wreck and you just keep running you big stupid mouth.

    Out of all the races last night, this is the one I really wanted the republician to lose and he did.

    November 4, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  23. Chipster

    Fiscal restraint? Smaller government? Jobs?

    Where was that for the past 8 years? Republicans borrowed and spent us into a hole that will take years, if not decades, to overcome. Abuse of government power, constitutional violations, and no-bid contracts for cronies? Thanks, but no thanks!

    November 4, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  24. Ferick

    That's a new one. In 2010 she will say it's been postponed again til 2012. Sarah, we get it-you never loose. She doesn't get the part that American people don't stand for she stands for.

    November 4, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  25. Joe in CT - not Lieberman!!!

    Sarah, go home! Prep for your ego boosts with Rush, Glen, Sean and company. Then get ready to complain when Oprah asks why you think you should be President when you couldn't even run your state for your full term! There was a reason Senator McCain would not let you introduce him on election night last year. You would have probably blown it with a bully pulpit speech and outshone a genuine, certified hero that your candidacy tanked!

    November 4, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
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