Democrats May Lose New York, Nevada House Seats Today

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) announces his resignation June 16, 2011 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Mario Tama/Getty Images/Getty)

Two special elections for Congressional seats scheduled for today could end in losses for Democrats. In New York City, Rep. Anthony Weiner's old seat is up for grabs. Republican Bob Turner, a 70 year old businessman without any government experience, is facing off against State Assemblyman David Weprin. If Turner is elected, he will be the first Republican to represent this part of Queens in the House since 1920. Acorss the country in Nevada, Republican Mark Amodei is comfortable leading Democrat Kate Marshall in the Second Congressional District.

Anna Sale, reporter for It’s a Free Country, the political blog for our co-producer WNYC, talks about what these potential Republican victories could mean for President Obama heading into 2012.

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Why is New York losing two congressional districts? Perhaps because people are voting with their feet and leaving the high taxes of NY while perhaps electing a Republican for the first time in over 80 years.
The duel symbolism of that Brooklyn district favors the Republican side in both cases and the influence of independent voters in 2012.

Sep. 13 2011 10:09 AM

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