GOP candidate Dede Scozzafava bows out of NY-23 race
Amid opposition from Conservative candidate Doug Hoffman, GOP candidate Dede Scozzafava has bailed out of the special house election in up-state New York. The Assemblywoman has seen her poll numbers drop since Doug Hoffman had received endorsements from former governor Sarah Palin, Fred Thompson, Tim Pawlenty, and from the National Teaparty Patriots. Scozzafava's fund raising has gone down significantly as a result. Today she released this statement.
Republican Dede Scozzafava announced Saturday that she is suspending her campaign in the Nov. 3 House special election in New York, a dramatic development that increases the GOP's chances of winning the contentious and closely-watched race.
"In recent days, polls have indicated that my chances of winning this election are not as strong as we would like them to be. The reality that I've come to accept is that in today's political arena, you must be able to back up your message with money—and as I've been outspent on both sides, I've been unable to effectively address many of the charges that have been made about my record,” she said in a statement.
“It is increasingly clear that pressure is mounting on many of my supporters to shift their support. Consequently, I hereby release those individuals who have endorsed and supported my campaign to transfer their support as they see fit to do so. I am and have always been a proud Republican.”