Dede Scozzafava, the Republican candidate for Congress in Tuesday's special election in upstate New York's 23rd CD, has withdrawn from the race.
Once the frontrunner in this historically Republican district, Scozzafava, a 10-year state assemblywoman, has watched her numbers collapse in the wake of attacks from Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman, as well as conservatives and much of the GOP establishment from around the country, over her voting record, which they saw as out of touch with the party; she supports abortion rights, gay marriage, the Obama economic stimulus package, etc. The latest polls showed her in third place.
The Democratic nominee for this seat, which became vacant when Rep. John McHugh (R) left to become President Obama's secretary of the army, is first-time candidate Bill Owens.
More to come.