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Democrat Bill Owens Wins In NY 23

In perhaps the most closely watched race of the night, Democrat Bill Owens has won the vacant congressional seat in upstate New York — making him the first Democrat to carry the district since the mid-19th Century.

He defeated Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman, who was backed by national conservative and GOP leaders, who was disenchanted with the positions taken by Republican nominee Dede Scozzafava. Scozzafava, out of money and running a poor third in the polls, dropped out of the race on Saturday and endorsed the Democratic candidate on Sunday.

More on this on Wednesday.