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Back in 2004, Howard Dean came in third in the Iowa caucuses. As one does early in a presidential race (or what used to be early), Dean gave an enthusiastic speech to his supporters—which he capped off with a spastic, nerdy “yeahhh!” This “yeahhh!” got played on a loop by many media outlets, was lampooned on Saturday Night Live, and no doubt contributed to his decline in the primaries. Yet to look at that...
It launched Chuck Schumer. Anthony Weiner. Geraldine Ferraro. It even belonged briefly to Joseph Pulitzer. But on September 13, voters handed New York’s ninth congressional district seat to Bob Turner, the first Republican to win it since Andrew Petersen ousted David J. O’Connell in 1921. Political observers had viewed the election as the Democrats’ to lose—and, as a result of upcoming redistricting, many expected the district, which encompasses southeast Brooklyn, the Rockaways, and parts...
America just took a Turner for the worse As soon as I was old enough to vote, I started voting for losing candidates. (Way to go, Mark Green.) And though I didn't vote in either of the big special elections in Brooklyn yesterday because I don't live in the districts, I learned this morning that the candidates I would have supported lost. In Anthony Weiner's old district, Republican Bob Turner beat Democrat David Weprin 54 to...
After an obscure, underreported scandal thrust Congressman Anthony Weiner from office, a special election scheduled for September has pitted Democratic Assemblyman David Weprin against Bob Turner, the conservative Republican who lost against Weiner last year with just 39 percent of the vote. If those both seem like small names (who and who?) for the district that has given us not only Weiner but also Chuck Schumer, it could be because the seat might...

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