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November 4th, 2009
11:29 AM ET

This time, all politics was local

New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine, a Democrat, lost in a race dominated by local issues.

New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine, a Democrat, lost in a race dominated by local issues.

Nate Silver
Special to CNN

"All politics is local." That four-word statement, originally uttered by former Democratic House Speaker Tip O'Neill, is one of the favorite clichés of political pundits everywhere. But it's seldom respected when it matters most.

Consider, for instance, the special election in New York's 23rd Congressional District, which conservative Democrat Bill Owens won in spite of partisan and nonpartisan polling that had shown Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman with a solid lead.

Almost overnight, Hoffman became a sort of folk hero among conservative activists around the country, a decidedly ordinary-looking man who seemed poised to take an extraordinary path into Washington. Some 95 percent of his fundraising came from outside the district.

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  1. Whitey

    Go Democrats! Mr. President, we are waiting for a health care bill with a public option. The country is behind you! Get going!

    November 4, 2009 at 2:41 pm |