Voters in New York’s 9th Congressional District go to the polls tomorrow in a special election to replace Rep. Anthony Weiner.
Weiner stepped down this summer in disgrace. He got into a sex scandal, that didn’t actually involve sex. Weiner is the second NY congressman that’s resigned this year because of a social media faux pas. Amazing.
NY-9 consists of Brooklyn and Queens. Democrats have controlled it for 90 years. NY-9 is the most heavily Jewish district in the country.
Democrats ran state assemblyman David Weprin, an orthodox Jew, in this special election. Republican Bob Turner campaigned tying Weprin to the Obama administration, and calling his opponent a political hack.
Turner received the endorsement of former NYC mayor (D) Ed Koch, who has criticized the Obama administration’s anti-Israel policies for over a year.
Polling shows Weprin holding a 6 point lead. PPP, a Democratic polling outfit, has predicted the GOP will win the race.
Republicans will try to tie this election as a referendum on the Obama administration and a harbinger of things to come in 2012.
Observers will note the Obama administration’s difficulties with the Jewish community, as he builds his campaign war-chest for next year’s campaign.