Friday, April 24, 2009

Tedisco concedes, but Norm Coleman's not going anywhere soon

The NY-20 special election to replace Kirsten Gillibrand (who replaced Hillary Clinton in the Senate) is now over. Jim Tedisco conceded today to Scott Murphy, a Democrat who started well behind in this Republican-majority district and went on to deny Republicans any sign that the country likes them more than they did on November 4th of last year. That makes 256 Democrats to 178 Republicans in the House, with 1 seat still vacant.

Meanwhile, the never-ending Minnesota election continues. The state supreme court won't hear oral arguments on appeal until June 1st. But Coleman has promised a federal appeal if he loses that, so this thing could go on for several more months, through the summer and possibly fall, denying Senate Democrats the 59th seat that is rightfully theirs. Of course, that's the whole point...

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