David Gura, assistant editor of NPR's Talk of the Nation
Casey Seiler, state editor and blogger for the Albany Times-Union
The special election Tuesday in New York's 20th District has gone into overtime, with the result hinging on absentee ballots that are yet to be counted. The race is seen by some as an early referendum on President Obama's economic policies.
We chatted about the race on Wednesday. But the discussion is not over. You can comment on the election, and other political news from this week, in the comment section below.
The New York contest pits Republican Jim Tedisco against Democrat Scott Murphy. The winner will replace Kirsten Gillibrand (D), who was plucked out of the House by Gov. David Paterson to succeed now-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the Senate,
Republicans have been on a losing streak since 2006 not only nationally but especially in New York, where they hold just three of the state's 29 congressional seats — their fewest in history. They want this one, badly.
Also up for discussion this week will be the president's handling of troubles in the auto industry, his agenda for the G-20 summit, Rep. John Murtha's (D-PA) ethics problems and Sen. Arlen Specter's (R-PA) prospects for winning a sixth term.