New York Congress special election 2011: GOP Bob Turner beats Democratic David Weprin, replacing Anthony Weiner

By on Sep 14, 2011 in International, Politics, United States Comments

GOP candidate Bob Turner won the New York Congress special election on Tuesday, September 13, 2011, replacing former Rep. Anthony Weiner.



Republican Bob Turner, with his wife Peggy
during the New York Congress special election
night party on September 13, 2011

Image Credit: Mary Altaffer/AP

According to US news sites that night, Republican Bob Turner beat Democratic Assemblyman David Weprin and had 53 percent of all the votes, with nearly 80 percent of the precincts counted.

“Tonight’s election proves yet again that President Barack Obama is failing our country,” Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus was quoted in a statement at Los Angeles Times.

“Even in the heart of New York City, in a traditionally liberal district, voters have turned on the president and his congressional allies.” Priebus added, with Republicans rejoicing Turner‘s victory.

Turner, 70, a retired TV executive who produced The Jerry Springer Show, lost to Anthony Weiner in the New York‘s 9th congressional district during the November 2010 election via a 60-40 split.

As noted in reports, the said district, where registered Republicans are being outnumbered by Democrats 3 to 1, had not been represented by a Republican since 1923.

Bob Turner will be replacing Anthony Weiner, who resigned from his post last June 21 after admitting that he posted a link to an explicit photos of himself on his Twitter account a month earlier.

Weiner, 47, married to Huma Abedin, first denied his actions but reports revealed that the former also posted inappropriate photos and had exchanged messages with different women online.

However, he later apologized and admitted his mistakes in a press conference, and confessed that he has not been honest with himself, his family, friends, constituents and supporters.



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