It's game on. Governor Paterson has called the NY-23 election for the regular election day of November 3.
This means a short campaign ahead and enhanced turnout which may affect the many local races on the ballot. Traditionally a non-mayoral off-year election in the City of Watertown would be lucky to draw 3,000. With an open Congressional seat at stake the number may be much higher. District-wide turnout estimates range from 120,000 to 180,000.
The next step is for the parties to formally designate their candidates. Stated party preferences so far include Republican-Independence for Diedre Scozzafava.....Democrat for William Owens....and Conservative for Doug Hoffmann. The Working Families Party will likely side with Owens.
Let the spending begin.
Gov. Paterson Sets Special
Election Date for Nov. 3