With Updates: NY23 goes Blue; Hoffman Concedes to Owens

Bill OwensNew York’s North Country, a moderate Republican district since the 19th century, has a new Democratic Congressional representative.  Bill Owens, endorsed this weekend by the conservative Watertown Daily Times, has been elected to Congress.  Read about it here.

This election is a noted defeat for conservatives like Sarah Palin, Dick Armey, Fred Thompson and our own Chuck DeVore who backed Hoffman, a carpetbagger with no clue about local issues, but a full grasp of conserverative talking points.

The Watertown Daily Times, the largest newspaper in the district, has an expanded story here. While Owens raised a little more than a half million to Hoffman’s $300K plus, Hoffman’c contributions from conservative PACs put his fundraising at well over a million dollars.

From the WDT story: ”

Mr. Owens’ win could signal renewed strength among Democrats, or at least reassure them of Republicans’ perceived weakness. New York now has only two Republican representatives in its 29-seat Congressional delegation.

“They’re in a civil war over the definition of their party,” said Paul Blank, a Democratic consultant. “And the extremists have won.”