Friday, March 27, 2009

NY race is seen as Obama test

President Barack Obama's influence will be tested on Tuesday during the special election to fill the House seat vacated by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, who in turn had replaced Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Democratic candidate Scott Murphy, who supports Obama's agenda, is facing Republican Assembly Leader Jim Tedisco, who opposes it.

Vice President Joe Biden is helping Murphy with a radio ad were he says: "That's why this special election you'll be holding next Tuesday, March 31, is so important to me. I'm supporting Scott Murphy for Congress, and so is President Obama."

Although it might seem that Obama just took office, the race is already for the 2010 congressional elections when Democrats and Republicans will battle for control of Congress. The Republicans are hoping to repeat what happened to Bill Clinton when his party lost both the House and Senate after just two years in office.

Democrats are hoping to cool off divisive tensions in their own party to avoid a repeat of what happened during Clinton's first term.

Obama Faces Upstate NY Test Tuesday

ABC News - ‎1 hour ago‎
BY TEDDY DAVIS and FERDOUS AL-FARUQUE Tuesday's special election in upstate New York to fill the House seat vacated by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, DN.

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