When a Newt endorses a candidate stuck in the woods, does anybody hear it? That is the question for Republican Dede Scozzafava. She is running a campaign for Congress in New York’s 23rd Congressional District special election.
Newt Gingrich endorsed Republican picked candidate Dede Scozzafava in the race. Will the endorsement stop the free-fall of the Scozzafava campaign?
The liberal-leaning Republican has been losing support over the past two weeks to the Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman. According a poll from Siena College, Democrat Bill Owens had 33%, Republican Scozzafava has 29% and Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman has 23%. The big news in the poll is that Hoffman gained seven points in two weeks and Scozzafava lost six points.
So will the Gingrich endorsement help the Republican? Gingrich is respected in Conservative corners, but that respect may not be able to over-come Scozzafava’s voting record, beliefs and hundreds of thousand of dollars of attack adds hitting her from the left and the right. Can a man from Georgia have much effect in the north woods of New York? We’ll have to wait for the next poll.