Anthony Weiner Challenger Claims Race Is Close
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Bob Turner, the Republican who wants to unseat Rep. Anthony Weiner, says his poll of 4,702 people in the district, which includes Flatbush and Park Slope in Brooklyn and Forest Hills, the Rockaways and other areas in Queens, shows less than a five-point difference between the two, 52.3 for the six-term congressman to 47.7 for the upstart, when the numbers are weighted to reflect actual party registration in the 9th District.

In raw numbers Weiner beat Turner 2,538 to 2,164. The automated poll asked voters their party afiliation and their choice in the election, giving Weiner's name first. No other questions were asked.

Bill Clinton campaigned here on Weiner's behalf, indicating not only the congressman's close ties with the former first couple bit also suggesting his seat may be seen as vulnerable, the Daily News' Mike McCauliff reports.

Weiner hasn't faced a serious challenge since he was elected after winning a heated four-way Democratic primary in 1998. In 2008 he won 93.1 percent of the vote against the Conservative Party's Alfred Donahue, with no Republican in the race. Weiner is no doubt hoping to not only win but win big to bolster his 2013 campaign for mayor, but he’ll face the voters another time before that in two years.

Weiner and Turner, a former broadcasting executive in semi-retirement (he owns some Florida hotels) debated Thursday at 7:Our Lady of Hope Auditorium in Middle Village, Queens. I'll post highlights as they become available.

The congressman is known to be a somewhat scrappy orator.

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11/02/2010 - 10:22

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When Obama puts Israel in the cross hairs Weiner goes into witness protection. Particularly since his marriage.
I'll be voting for Bob Turner this yr.
Congressman Anthony Weiner has not been nearly as supportive of the Jewish Community as he once was. He was a recipient of the ZOA award for his outstanding advocasy on behalf of Israel to near silince this past year. To have former President Bill Clinton by his side is ever more hypocritical..... Just last week his wife, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was the Keynote speaker at a Dinner in Wash. D.C. that got virutally no press coverage. The dinner was sponsored by the Org The American task Force On Palistine ( which featured Ms. Clinton as their keynote speaker ( This Org's mission is to advocate for the Palistinians cause, and they call Israel the "occupying force". Former President Clinton & his wife Hilllary do not have differences of oppinion when it comes to the Middle East.
Rep. Weiner's CD9 had the lowest turnout in NY in 2008, only 111,161 total votes versus a theoretical 100% turnout of about 400,00 (Eric Cantor's VA CD7 contest had one of the highest participation rates in 2008, with a total of 370,859 votes, just to show how NYC voters tend to not bother even in a presidential year) Whatever the outcome in 2010, turnout will be the key.

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