Dede Scozzafava’s withdrawal from the race for the NY-23 Congressional seat is a big boost to conservatives who want to see their candidates espouse a center-right message. It is also a big boost for the effort to keep NY-23 in Republican-friendly hands, as I have no doubt that Doug Hoffman, if elected, will caucus with the House Republicans, and support their general efforts.
Despite the fact that Republicans have held the seat since the 19th century, Democrats had hoped that the combination of Scozzafava and Hoffman on the ballot would be enough to split Republican and conservative votes, and hand the election to Democrat Bill Owens. While Scozzafava will remain on the ballot, Hoffman has indisputably become the favorite to win the race. Of course, it remains important to get out the vote, but it ought to help that the Republican party is now swinging its support behind Hoffman in the wake of Scozzafava’s decision to withdraw.
Republicans appear to be sure to win the gubernatorial race in Virginia, and stand a fighting chance–at least–of winning the race in New Jersey as well. Add a win in NY-23 to the ledger, and pretty soon, people will be asking what happened to Barack Obama’s vaunted political machine.