Republican in NY House race suspends campaign
ALBANY, N.Y. — Republican Dierdre Scozzafava (sko-zuh-FAH’-vuh) has suspended her campaign for the New York House and is encouraging supporters to embrace Conservative Party nominee Doug Hoffman.
Campaign spokesman Matt Burns says she thinks dropping out of the 23rd Congressional District race is in the best interests of the party.
The announcement comes after a Siena College poll found she was in third place with 20 percent of the vote in the heavily Republican district, while Hoffman and Democratic nominee Bill Owens were too close to call with 35 percent and 36 percent, respectively.
The race has pitted conservative and moderate wings of the Republican Party against each other. Hoffman has been backed by prominent Republicans like former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.
The election is Tuesday.
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