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Special election a measure of Obama's strength
Unhappiness with Obama's policies could throw NY special House election to Republicans
By The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) ' Voters unhappy with President Barack Obama may elect a Republican for the first time in New York's heavily Democratic 9th Congressional District.

Public opinion polling ahead of Tuesday's special election shows a slight edge for Republican Bob Turner, a retired media executive with no previous political experience.

He'll face off against state Assemblyman David Weprin, who has been forced to defend Obama's economic policies even as he tries to stress his own independence and close ties to the community.

Republicans are working to frame the race as a referendum on Obama.

The House seat was previously held by Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner (WEE'-nur). He was pushed by party leaders to resign for sending sexually provocative tweets and text messages to women he met online.

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