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GOP Victory: Bob Turner Wins Anthony Weiner's House Seat

Spencer Platt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- In an upset to Democrats both locally and nationally, Republican Bob Turner defeated Democratic Assemblyman David Weprin in Tuesday's special election to replace Anthony Weiner in New York’s ninth Congressional district.

The race for the Congressional seat, which had been too close to call, was one that Republicans were hoping to frame as a referendum on President Obama.  Sending a message to the White House on both economic and foreign policy issues was a frequent message touted by Turner and his supporters.

“This message will resound for a full year.  It will resound into 2012,” Turner said at his victory party in Howard Beach.  “I only hope our voices are heard, and we can start putting things right again.”

The chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee quickly put out a statement congratulating Turner and saying the win is a “clear rebuke of President Obama’s policies” and it “delivers a blow to Democrats’ goal of making Nancy Pelosi the Speaker again.”

“New Yorkers put Washington Democrats on notice that voters are losing confidence in a President whose policies assault job-creators and affront Israel.  An unpopular President Obama is now a liability for Democrats nationwide in a 2012 election that is a referendum on his economic policies,” the statement reads.

Longtime New York City Democratic analyst Hank Sheinkopf says there is no doubt voters were trying to send a message to the White House, and Democrats should see Tuesday’s results as a bellwether for 2012.

“The Democrats said no to Obama, no to his economic plan, and no to his position on Israel,” Sheinkopf told ABC News.  “It’s major smack at Democrats, a definite rejection of President Obama and it’s a warning that says if Catholics in the most blue of blue states can vote for the Republican they can do it in other states as well and the Democrats may have real trouble.”

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