Morning Fix: What NY-23 means

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Copyright 2009
Friday, October 30, 2009; 6:10 AM

Democrat Bill Owens, Conservative Doug Hoffman and Republican Dede Scozzafava are running for a special election in upstate New York. AP photos Two things have become abundantly clear about the special election in New York's 23rd district over the past week. The first is that Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman could win the special election next Tuesday. The second is that neither major party knows what to think about the Hoffman candidacy and both are trying to adjust their spin to accommodate what a victory by the Conservative Party candidate would say about the national political field. An independent poll released on Thursday showed Hoffman in a statistical dead heat with Democrat Bill Owens with state Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava (R) lagging badly. That survey, which was conducted for the liberal Daily Kos site by Research 2000, jibes with other private polls done recently and a general sense among Democrats

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