Defeated Congressional candidate Doug Hoffman wisely stayed away from the media Tuesday night as he ponders his options in the wake of the narrow but clean defeat dealt him by Matt Doheny. Hoffman has some thinking to do. He has a following, but can he win on the Conservative Party line alone ?
Whatever he decides , Doheny needs to reach out to his supporters and ignore him. Hoffman has no money to compete in this race and will drop from view quickly.
Conservative Chair Mike Long is in survival mode. He cannot leave Rick Lazio on his line as Lazio will not draw the votes needed to keep Long's party on the ballot.
Long needs the GOP to allow Paladino to take the spot held by Lazio and if that happens the GOP may insist the rug be pulled on Hoffman.
Meanwhile , Doheny insiders say the situation was dire recently in the campaign with polls showing Hoffman leading. A spate of negative adds drove down Hoffman turnout and numbers...or so goes the theory....It was a close win for Doheny and any number of things likely affected the final numbers