Florida's 2010 Republican primary and Today's New York's 23rd congressional district special election are two fronts on the same war: the ongoing battle in the Republican party that's pitting moderates and mainstreamers versus tea-baggers and Conservative activists.
And while the New York election's direct effects on the Sunshine State will be minimal, there is an important prize up for grabs between Charlie Crist and Marco Rubio: the all important talking point.
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The whole thing is rather complicated, but in a nutshell President Obama appointed Republican Incumbent Republican John M. McHugh to the position of Secretary of the Army, so a special election was called and everyone pretty much expected the seat to remain in Republican control. So the local GOP leaders picked assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava, who happens to be pro-choice and believes Gay people should have some rights.
But, New York has a couple of wacky state-level third parties that usually just endorse the mainstream party candidates, but in this case the Conservative party decided to run their own guy, Doug Hoffman (who, will basically be a defacto Republican should he get to Washington).