QUEENS, NY -- In an upset victory, it appears that Republican Bob Turner has defeated Dave Weprin in the special election to replace Anthony Weiner, who resigned amid the public firestorm that followed his sending a lewd picture to a college student over Twitter.
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The Assocated Press and NY1 called the race for Turner with the majority of precincts in NY-09 counted and Weprin trailing 53-47. At a results party, Weprin refused to concede, promising supporters a "long night" until absentee and paper ballots came in. Democrats had hoped their union-backed GOTV efforts would push them over the edge, but the numbers were grim from the start as they came in.
"We had 1500 workers going to the polls," City Council member Mark Weprin, David's younger brother, said looking over my shoulder at the results. "What the hell is wrong with us?"