In a stunning election result, Republicans defeated the Democrats in the special election to determine who will take the seat of resigned New York congressman Anthony Weiner. Retired media executive and political novice Bob Turner defeated Democratic state Assemblyman David Weprin on Tuesday in the special election to fill the seat vacated by Weiner, a seven-term Democrat who resigned in June. The win is a huge upset victory for the Republicans since New York City is a predominantly Democratic area with a ratio of 3:1.
According to reports, with 80 percent of the precincts reporting Turner received 54 percent of the vote to Weprin’s 46 percent in unofficial results. Turner is very happy with his win and said his victory is a strong message to President Barrack Obama that New Yorkers are not quite happy with the way he handled the economy with irresponsible fiscal policy . It was learned that for many years, New York had not sent any Republican in Congress until today. Political experts said Weprin had a huge chance of winning the race due to the large number of Democrats in the area, but due to the bad economy of the United States New Yorkers decided to select Turner instead.
During the campaign period, Turner, a 70-year-old Catholic, vowed to push back on Obama’s policies if elected. He received help from prominent Republicans including former Mayor Rudy Giuliani, whose much-praised stewardship of the city after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks was recalled during the 10th anniversary of the attacks last weekend. Weiner earlier resigned from his post after he was caught sending sexually provocative tweets and text messages to women he met online.