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Democrats Lose Specials for Weiner's Seat in NY, Ensign's Seat in NV

NOM will be gloating today (UPDATE: and they are) over the loss of Democrat David Weprin to anti-gay Republican Bob Turner for Anthony Weiner's House Seat.

Turner The NYT reports:

With 84 percent of the precincts counted early Wednesday, Mr. Turner was leading Mr. Weprin by 54 percent to 46 percent, according to The Associated Press.

National Republican leaders immediately trumpeted the victory as a sign of trouble for Mr. Obama’s re-election effort. “An unpopular President Obama is now a liability for Democrats nationwide,” Representative Pete Sessions of Texas, the chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, said in a statement.

But Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, said the district’s large concentration of Orthodox Jews made it unusual and meant the race had few national ramifications.

The National Organization for Marriage. which poured $75K into the race to defeat Assemblyman Weprin, will say it was because of his vote on marriage equality.

Meanwhile, the GOP ran away with a special election in Nevada for the seat of disgraced GOP Senator John Ensign:

With 70 percent of precincts reporting, Amodei had captured 57 percent of the vote to Marshall’s 37 percent in the race to replace former Rep. Dean Heller (R-Nev.), who was appointed to the Senate in April when former Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.) resigned amid a scandal. Marshall conceded the race two hours after polls closed in Nevada.

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  1. Ridiculous. No Republican could have won after the housing market crashed. Obama was in the right place at the right time; however, he has convinced himself he was annointed.

    Posted by: LincolnLounger | Sep 14, 2011 12:05:19 PM

  2. The sky is not falling, at least not yet!

    This is a Democratic district in name-only...

    In 2008 it voted for McCain!

    With a 40% conservative Jewish tilt, what did you expect when the Democratic establishment abandoned Mr. Weiner and Ed Koch ( the notorious turn coat) endorsed the Republican candidate. And President Obama reminded Israel that his first and foremost responsibility is to the American people and not Israel.

    However, the sky would fall if Democrats don't grow some balls and start standing by a president who has done a lot for them.

    We need a Democratic majority in the House and Senate, and the Presidency come 2012.

    Think strategy, ladies and gentlemen!

    Posted by: Brains | Sep 14, 2011 12:25:07 PM

  3. How about running a candidate that can actually win? Half-machine politics is a route to failure. Controlling the primary does not mean a general election victory.

    Posted by: anon | Sep 14, 2011 12:47:08 PM

  4. These issues effect us all and I fear that Republican will set their sights on LGBT issues to distract from the Jobs crisis if elected in 2012. They already have done it with Abortion, rolling abortion rights back even though they campaigned on jobs in 2010. People can blame Obama all they want, but it wasn't until the Republicans took the House that Economic stimulus for jobs was stopped, Abortion rights pulled back, and Social Security/Medicare was put on the chopping block. If elected in 2012 i can assure you they will do nothing for jobs or the LGBT community, i fact they will only exacerbate the problem with more cuts while corporations make record high profits. This is about the issues and we are just proving that we do not care for one another or what happens to this country. We have a dangerous "me and only me" mentality that will hurt so many more. Democrats have been the only ones willing to put legislation together to help alleviate the economic problems, while Republican continue on some conservative fantasy where gay marriage destroys families and tax cuts for the rich will make us all wealthier.

    Posted by: Redebbm | Sep 14, 2011 7:15:09 PM

  5. You mean Dean Heller's seat, not Ensign's seat. Nevada's 2nd district was vacant after Dean Heller was appointed to replace Ensign as Senator.

    Posted by: William | Sep 14, 2011 8:48:44 PM

  6. It is too soon to become hysterical. We have a year to go and if the economy improves Obama will get re-elected.

    The main goal of the Repubs right now is to make things as bad as possible economically since that is their best strategy to win the White House. It is too bad so many voters can't understand that.

    A real good test case will be the election in Massachusetts to replace Scott Brown with Elizabeth Warren. If a Democrat can't win in Massachusetts then it is time to be hysterical.

    Posted by: Hysterical Record | Sep 14, 2011 9:26:54 PM

  7. @Jerry

    If Hillary Clinton had won the Democratic primary, Sarah Palin would probably be in her second term as governor of Alaska.

    Posted by: Chitown Kev | Sep 14, 2011 10:56:43 PM

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