This one is going all topsy-turvy, but so far, Bill Owens is holding on to a slim, 2,512 vote lead over the 9/12 movement candidate, Doug Hoffman. Dede Scozzafava, the Republican who was forced out of the race by the teabagger gestapo, is still on the ballot, and she’s gotten more than 5 percent of the vote. The Watertown Daily Times is watching the vote count.
The Plattsburgh attorney [Owens] has 57,050 votes compared to Conservative Doug Hoffman, a Lake Placid CPA, with 54,538 votes.
Dede Scozzafava, a Republican who dropped out of the race Saturday, has 6,982 votes.
There are more than 10,000 absentee votes to still be counted.
And of course, there are mechanical problems in two precincts, setting up the wingnuts to cry “stolen election!” if Hoffman loses. On the other hand, if Owens wins, not only will he be the first Democrat to hold that seat since the civil war, his victory will also re-prove the cardinal lesson right wingers keep refusing to learn: fire breathing righties are entertaining on TV, not so much in elections. Neither of the victorious Republicans tonight — Christie in New Jersey, or McDonnell in Virginia, ran on the teabagger line. Neither of them railed about Socialism or Czars or Obama’s birth certificate. As a matter of fact, neither of them railed about Obama. Hoffman has gone so far as to declare Glenn Beck his mentor, and pledged his “sacred trust” to the Fox News crier. If Hoffman loses, so do the 9/12ers.
This one’s developing… More than 10,000 absentee ballots are also still out there.
UPDATE: Lawrence O’Donnell is reporting tonight that the fun we’re having with New York 23 won’t last — it’s slated to be chopped up in the redistricting that will follow the 2010 Census.
UPDATE: This one’s over, folks. Hoffman has conceded. God, politics is fun.