GOP Foe of Conservative Hoffman Quits Race

Surprise decision leaves him alone against Democrat
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 31, 2009 11:04 AM CDT
Doug Hoffman in a video grab from YouTube.   (YouTube)

(Newser) – Big political news from upstate New York: Republican Dede Scozzafava has suspended her campaign for Congress ahead of Tuesday's election. She endorsed no one, but the move "is a boost" to Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman, writes Josh Kraushaar at Politico. Hoffman is a political novice who surged into the national spotlight after gaining the attention of Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin, and others.

"It is my hope that with my actions today, my party will emerge stronger," said Scozzafava in a statement. Recent polls put her a distant third to Hoffman and Democrat Bill Owens, who were running neck and neck for the 23rd District, and she doesn't have the money for a late advertising splurge. Her name will remain on Tuesday's ballot, "but victory is unlikely," she said.
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