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Wasserman Schultz reacts differently to the latest special election in New York

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September

A Republican businessman won a special election to replace disgraced Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner in New York late Tuesday, providing the GOP with a jolt of energy going into 2012.

Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, chairwoman of the DNC, told the New York Times that the district’s large concentration of Orthodox Jews made it unusual and meant the race had few national ramifications. “In this district, there is a large number of people who went to the polls tonight who didn’t support the president to begin with and don’t support Democrats — and it’s nothing more than that,” she said in a telephone interview.

Democrats spent heavily in the race, however.

Wasserman Schultz's reaction was a stark contrast to the last special election in New York, in which a Democrat took a Republican seat. Then, she said it had major national ramifications because the race turned into a referendum on the GOP plan to overhaul Medicare.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 14, 2011 3:35am]

    

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