Dede Scozzafava, the liberal Republican running for a congressional seat in upstate New York, has dropped out of the race. The special election is to be held Tuesday and polls were showing a dead heat between the Conservative Party candidate, Doug Hoffman, and the Democrat Bill Owens. Scozzafava was running a distant third.
At first blush it would seem to be a boon for Doug Hoffman; now Republicans who were split between Hoffman and Scozzafava may move in Hoffman's direction. However, Scozzafava's name will still appear on the ballot so voters can still vote for her whether she is officially running or not.
Let's keep our fingers crossed.
Read more about it here and here.
The Other McCain has a good article on it too.