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GOP candidate Turner upsets Weprin

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New York City – It sounds improbable that a New York City district where Democrats have a 3-1 registration edge and have held office for nearly a century would send a Republican to Congress. WAMC's Ian Pickus has more...

But voter frustration over the sour economy and President Barack Obama's policies made the improbable a reality and Tuesday night, Republican political novice Bob Turner scored an upset victory in a special election.

He defeated David Weprin, a Democratic assemblyman from a prominent local political family. The surprising results in the Brooklyn and Queens-area district portend a perilous national environment for Obama as he prepares to seek re-election next year.

Turner said as much when he stepped before cameras Tuesday night, saying his win was a "loud and clear" message to Obama.

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