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2009/2010: Dissecting NY-20

NEW YORK: The Hill's Wilson does an autopsy of sorts on NY-20: "A fundamental urge for change and a subpar get-out-the-vote program doomed Assemblyman Jim Tedisco's (R) congressional campaign, according to sources close to his bid… Tedisco strategists recognized after the fact that their absentee ballot program fell well short of Democratic efforts… Still, Republicans maintain Tedisco's effort shows some progress. While Democrats painted the district's registration figures as evidence of a rock-ribbed Republican area, the district voted overwhelmingly for Gillibrand in 2008 and gave a majority of its votes to Obama."

But here's what we wrote on Friday: "While it would be incorrect to read too much into this election -- even though it was fought over national issues, including Obama's stimulus -- there is no doubt that it's a disappointing loss for the Republicans, who enjoyed a significant voter-registration advantage in this district, as well as the fact that Tedisco (the former minority leader of the New York State Assembly) was the better-known candidate at the beginning of the race, and that he was leading in polls until the last week or so. That said, Obama narrowly won this district in last year's presidential election, and Gillibrand won it in 2006 and 2008. But before Gillibrand's victory in 2006, Republicans had controlled the seat for 28 years."

NORTH DAKOTA: Is Byron Dorgan Obama's biggest potential problem? "I'm not in Washington, D.C., to serve President Obama or to serve any interests other than the interests of this country or the interests of this state," Dorgan said in an interview with Politico. "North Dakotans know — they know that I'm fiercely independent." Dorgan's up for re-election in 2010.