In the election for the 23rd District in upper New York State, Democrat, Bill Owens narrowly defeated Conservative Party candidate, Douglas L. Hoffman. But that isn’t the real story.
What’s interesting is that the Republican nominee, Dede Scozzafava, a moderate, withdrew from the race under pressure from leading conservative activists like Sarah Palin and Tim Pawlenty. She then proceeded to endorse the Democratic candidate, who won with less than 50% of the vote.
Essentially, the Republican vote split, with a small amount going to Ms. Scozzafava, and the rest to the previously unknown Mr. Hoffman.
This kind of three-party voting – Conservative Republicans vs. Moderate Republicans vs. Democrats — with moderates sometimes allying with the Dems when their own party dumps them — occurs all the time in Kansas, often to the advantage of the Democrats.
POSTSCRIPT: Other bloggers like Dagblog have picked up on this.