November 4th, 2009
06:31 PM ET
11 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.

Filed under: Bill Owens • Doug Hoffman • NY-23 • Popular Posts • Sarah Palin
soundoff (146 Responses)
  1. Justin

    Translation: "We have not heard the electorate, and we will continue aggressively not hearing it in 2010!"

    Palin really is a mental one-way street.

    November 4, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  2. Indiana Voter

    It is true. The Republican leadership got a smack down from conservatives and will hopefully, from now on, use primaries to vote someone in rather than hand-pick a candidate. Republicans have a better chance of getting a good Republican in that spot next time this way, rather than trying to unseat a liberal Republican.

    November 4, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  3. Nick

    Will someone please take the microphone away from this woman and stop giving her press coverage?

    November 4, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  4. GI Joe

    Ain't she "spatial" (especally between the ears).

    We don't like the hate and fear and smear and lies. We're voting against the negativity.

    November 4, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  5. Bill of Florida

    Ms. Palin, your support for Hoffman clearly demonstrates that your bitter, partisan politics is on its way out. The voters of New York rightly voted against you, because you attempted to inject your vitreol into their race. Your candidate lost, because he does not represent the values of the people. Of course, 2010 will be a year of change, but don't count on it being in your favor. Count on it being a year that we, the people of this great country, vote for people who can reach across the aisle and work together for our good. We'll vote democrat, republican and independent, but only so long as the candidates offer real solutions to our problems. As for your hypocritical "values-based" politics, they will end up where they properly belong: on the ash heap of history.

    November 4, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  6. g

    who cares

    November 4, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  7. Rico

    "The race for New York's 23rd District is not over, just postponed until 2010."

    TRANSLATION: The candidate on which I bet all my national political capital lost - and so did my party, in historic fashion. So ... IT DIDN'T ACTUALLY HAPPEN, FOLKS! It was all your imagination ... the election is really not for another years ... uh ... heh ... heh ... hrr ...

    Doug Hoffman can see Canada from his house, which is in the wrong district.

    November 4, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  8. meridian

    As a democrat, I can only hope that Queen Sarah continues to run around the country and campaign for the right-wing candidates. Our numbers in the House will continue to rise. Thanks Sarah!

    November 4, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  9. Biden beats Palin

    "Owens – the first Democrat to win this district since the 19th century "

    Not only that this is the only election you pres idiots tracked that actually resulted in someone who could vote for or against Obama policies. I'd call this POSITIVE affirmation of Obama policies, say once in a 100 year type affirmation !

    Palin is an idiot.

    November 4, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  10. Oleg

    Palin needs to take a critical thinking class. If issues of this election centered on economy, voters apparently trust the other guy more than the candidate from your party. But I think the bigger question here is that candidates popular with republican party members are not electable by popular vote. It takes a centrist candidate who tries to reach out to many different groups – like Obama – to carry the election.

    November 4, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  11. RPK

    Sara, Sara

    Like seeing russia from your front door your so wrong. My gues as a person who lives in Postdam and Ogdenburg area the party will choose another career Moderate Republican pol. from the area and he will will win again by 70%. Hoffman will be a historic foot note and will be get less then 5% of any future vote. The winner will not be so dumb to crtitize ear mark spending on the number one employer here Fort Drum.

    For those tea party carpet baggers words have meaning! The beastality comment did more win the election Owens. That comment got more negative talk here around shop any other.

    November 4, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  12. just saying

    I would like to beg Sarah to 'please, PLEASE' stay in the Republican spotlight. And 'pretty PLEASE' win the nomination in 2012. PLEASE!!!

    November 4, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  13. Jennifer

    He won Sarah – be gracious and concede. Please go away.

    November 4, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  14. malabar

    funny how corzines loss is not a referendum on obama yet hoffmans is supposedly harmful for palin. obam is the president, she a citizen. hoffman pulled in a bigger percentage of voters in his race than corzine did in his. funny how all of a sudden a district in a state is preferable to democrats than the governorship of a deep blue state like n.j.
    hilarious. ROCK ON SARAH

    November 4, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  15. Brian Dodge

    As long as the uber-conservative wing of the Republican party keeps shooting down electable candidates like Scozzafava in favor of Limbaugh troglodytes like Hoffman, it is over for the Republicans

    November 4, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  16. Buck

    Hey Sarah, know what else is crucial to the electorate? Government butting out of personal business. Conservatives are the last to get into your wallet, but the first to tell you how to live your life.

    November 4, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  17. Lila

    NY23 was a message, which Sarah apparently did not understand. America does not want far left or far right loonies. Conservatives need to stop this ill-designed takeover of the right. There HAS to be room for moderates. We do not want your fringe lunatics in power.

    November 4, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  18. RealityKing

    Progressive hate..., liberal style.

    November 4, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  19. Erick

    Postponed? An election result is a loss for one and a win for another. There is no postponement unless there was no winner. Let's face the facts. The presidential elections were not postponed, but Obama was the winner.

    November 4, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  20. gary davis Harbor Oregon

    media is still listening to this so called drop out bottom feeder .. her comments don't mean squat. and who ever it is that is writting everything for her should find a better job .. because palin doesn't have the ability to put a sentence together let alone an actual thought about anything to do with our country .. call it like it is a pig with lipstick is still just a pig... 🙂

    November 4, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  21. John, Chicago

    Could someone please put a muzzle on this intellectually handicapped Woman. Yes the Rethuglicans will take it back in 2010
    with a more moderate republican but certainly not with a bozo like Hoffman. Please Sarah just Shut your hole that spews audio idiocy.

    November 4, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
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