President Barack Obama is making an 11th hour effort to put Democratic New York Congressional candidate Scott Murphy over the top in the 20th Congressional district race that many observers see as an early referendum on Obama administration policies.
Polls show Murphy has caught up to and now leads Republican Jim Tedisco by 4 percentage points. Pundits tell Newsmax the campaign best able to get out the vote on Tuesday is likely to win.
In a last-ditch effort to boost Murphy to victory, Obama issued a message via his vaunted “Organizing for America” e-mail list on Monday evening.
According to the National Journal’s hotline, that message stated:
“Tomorrow, Tuesday, is the day to vote in New York's 20th Congressional District special election, and I need you to go vote.
“I wrote to you last week to announce my endorsement of Scott Murphy because we need his kind of leadership and experience in Washington. It's going to be a very close race, and your vote could make all the difference.
“Our movement for change has come this far because supporters like you stood up and made your voices heard every time it mattered.
“Please look up your polling location and stand up once again for the change we need to bring to Washington.
“With Scott in Congress, we'll work together to bring about solutions to our economic challenges and create new jobs in Upstate New York and across the country.
“Having created over 1,000 jobs by starting successful businesses in clean energy and high-tech industries, Scott understands the potential we have to rebuild our economy and create a new foundation for prosperity.
“That's the kind of partner I need in Washington. Please look up your polling place and vote tomorrow.”
The message is signed “President Barack Obama,” and includes a link to help New Yorkers find their respective polling places.
The Obama e-mail list is now managed under the auspices of the Democratic National Committee, which Obama controls. “The president is committed to seeing Scott Murphy elected,” Democratic National Committee spokesman Brad Woodhouse recently stated.
Obama’s image is being used in a TV ad promoting Murphy’s candidacy. The 20th district vacancy opened up when popular Democrat Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand was tapped to fill the Senate seat Hillary Clinton left when she became Obama’s secretary of state. A Gillibrand TV ad endorsing Murphy has reportedly received massive airplay in the 20th district.
The GOP has brought out the big guns for Tedisco, a vocal fiscal and social conservative. Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele, House Minority Leader John Boehner, and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani have all campaigned for him.
The RNC has contributed $275,000 to the Tedisco campaign, and the National Republican Congressional Committee has contributed $550,000.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee had spent more than $373,000 on the race through Monday, according to Federal Election Commission records. Both Tedisco and Murphy have sunk at least $200,000 of their own money into the race as well.
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