WASHINGTON--New York Republican Bob Turner defeated Democrat David Weprin in a Tuesday special election for the Anthony Weiner seat in a district that had been seen as solidly Democratic. Weiner resigned in a sexting scandal. Watch for a lot of chatter today by Democrats who will say this loss does mean trouble ahead for President Obama in 2012. But it does throw a spotlight on Obama's troubles with Jewish voters. The Weiner seat loss was coupled with another GOP win, in Nevada, where Mark Amodei won a special election in a Reno area district.
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WASHINGTON - Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Reince Priebus released the following statement regarding the outcome of tonight's special elections:
"Tonight, the Republicans achieved two major victories--in Nevada's 2nd District and New York's 9th. I congratulate Congressmen-elect Mark Amodei and Bob Turner on their well-run campaigns. In both districts, the election was a referendum on the failed policies of President Obama and Congressional Democrats.
"Less than a week after the President outlined his 'jobs plan,' voters went to the polls and sent two new Republicans to Washington--overwhelmingly rejecting Obama's Stimulus II.
"This should be cause for concern for Democrats across the country. In the heart of liberal New York, Democrats were forced to spend half a million dollars in a district the last Democrat won 61-39. Then, in Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's home state of Nevada, the Democratic candidate was forced to run away from the President's record and attempt to reinvent herself as a conservative.
"Tonight's election proves yet again that President Obama is failing America. For months, Republicans across the country have been advocating market-based pro-growth, pro-jobs solutions. Voters have now given their stamp of approval to those solutions by sending Mark Amodei and Bob Turner to Washington."
DCCC Chairman Steve Israel's Statement on Special Election in Nevada's 2nd Congressional District
DCCC Chairman Steve Israel released the following statement on the results of the special election in Nevada's 2nd Congressional District:
"On behalf of the DCCC, I want to thank Kate Marshall for her tremendous effort and first-rate campaign.
"Kate is a fiscally responsible leader, dedicated to taking an independent-minded approach to problem solving and committed to creating jobs and protecting the middle class."
DCCC Chairman Steve Israel's Statement on Special Election in New York's 9th Congressional District
DCCC Chairman Steve Israel released the following statement on the results of the special election in New York's 9th Congressional District:
"On behalf of the DCCC, I want to thank David Weprin for his tremendous effort. David is a dedicated public servant committed to strengthening Medicare, creating jobs, and protecting the middle class."
"Special Elections are always difficult - they are low turnout, high intensity races."
"The results in NY-09 are not reflective of what will happen in November 2012 when Democratic challengers run against Republican incumbents who voted to end Medicare and cut Social Security while protecting tax loopholes for big corporations and the ultra wealthy."
"When Republican incumbents' records are tested, the American people will vote for a Democratic candidate committed to creating jobs and protecting Medicare and Social Security."