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article imageGOP candidate wins Anthony Weiner's vacated seat in New York

By Andrew Moran     Sep 14, 2011 in Politics
New York - Republican congressional candidate Bob Turner has claimed victory in the New York 9th congressional district special election. Turner, a former cable TV executive, defeated his Democratic opponent, David Weprin.
Following a sex scandal, New York Democratic Congressman Anthony Weiner resigned and vacated his seat in New York’s ninth congressional district. A special election was held and the two candidates were GOP candidate Bob Turner and Democratic candidate David Weprin.
After a “well-fought campaign,” summer-long race, Weprin conceded defeat in the special election to Turner Tuesday night. Republican officials say this win is a referendum on both the Democrats and President Barack Obama ahead of the 2012 general election.
With 100 percent of the precincts reporting the votes, Turner garnered 54 percent of the vote, while Weprin was only able to gather 46 percent.
“We've asked the people of this district to send a message to Washington, and I hope they hear it loud and clear,” said Turner at his election campaign headquarters in Queens with the background draped in United States and Israeli flags. “Mr. President, you are on the wrong track. We lit one candle today, and there's going to be a bonfire pretty soon.”
Turner is expected to be sworn-in as early as Thursday.
The former cable television businessman ran on a platform of bringing a business mindset to Washington. Turner said he will urge Capitol Hill to cut spending and taxes and that the election is proof that voters are dissatisfied with the president’s economic policies.
Republican House Speaker John Boehner issued a statement shortly after midnight where he called the victory a warning to Democrats.
“[Voters] delivered a strong warning to the Democrats who control the levers of power in our federal government,” said Boehner in his prepared statement, reports CBS News. “It's time to scrap the failed 'stimulus' agenda and the misguided policies on Israel and focus on getting America back to creating jobs again."
Turner first ran against Anthony Weiner in November, but lost. Weprin was considered the favorite because Democratic registration was 3 to 1 in the district. However, Turner’s momentum and support surged.
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