BREAKING NEWS: Dede Scozzafava has announced today she is ending her bid to win New York's 23rd Congressional District. Her withdrawal as the Republican Candidate would seem to all but guarantee a victory by Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman over Democrat Bill Owens. Owens had been leading a very tight three-way race thanks to Republicans splitting their votes between the more moderate Scozzafava and conservative Doug Hoffman. Hoffman has been endorsed by several leading Republicans, including Gov. Sarah Palin:
Dede Scozzafava, the Republican and Independence parties candidate, announced Saturday that she is suspending her campaign for the 23rd Congressional District and releasing all her supporters.You have to give Scozzafava credit for doing what is best here in the end, rather than taking a chance on handing the seat to the Democrats.
The state Assemblywoman has not thrown her support to either Doug Hoffman, the Conservative Party candidate, or Bill Owens, the Democratic candidate.
"Today, I again seek to act for the good of our community," Ms. Scozzafava wrote in a letter to friends and supporters. "It is increasingly clear that pressure is mounting on many of my supporters to shift their support. Consequently, I hereby release those individuals who have endorsed and supported my campaign to transfer their support as they see fit to do so. I am and have always been a proud Republican. It is my hope that with my actions today, my party will emerge stronger and our district and our nation can take an important step towards restoring the enduring strength and economic prosperity that has defined us for generations." . . . MORE