Doug Hoffman, the conservative candidate, has lost to the Democrat Bill Owens in New York's 23rd District. This was rather unexpected as polls showed him the likely winner. Nevertheless, the only poll that counts is held on election day. Owens will occupy the congressional seat for only a year, then will have to defend it in 2010. This was a special election to complete the term of a congressman who became part of Obama's administration.
This is disappointing, not because of the election of another Neo-Marxist Democrat, but because it would have sent a clear message to the RNC that the base will not easily accept RINO candidates. Oh well, politics ain't beanbag, as the old saying goes.
The unusual GOP win was the election of a Republican governor in Blue State New Jersey. It was a good night for Republicans but not a great night. We won 2 out of 3 and we will try harder in the races to come next year.