May 24, 2011 - Fifteen minutes after the polls in New York closed, democrat Kathy Hochul was declared the projected winner of the NY District 26 congressional race by MSNBC News.
The special election to replace Chris Lee, who resigned after a sex scandal, was said to be a referendum on Rep.'s plan to end Medicare.
Republican challenger Jane Corwin said she supported ending Medicare, and Hochul campaigned on the promise of stopping the GOP from dismantling the popular government run health care program.
Voters spoke loud and clear on the issues of ending Medicare. Democrat Kathy Hochul won the election with 48% to Corwin's 42%.candidate, Jack Davis scored just 8%.
Republicans were so afraid the GOP would lose the historically held republican seat, they filed a court document before the election to prevent the votes from officially counting in the event of a close race.
According to Buffalo News, "Jane L. Corwin this afternoon obtained a court order from State Supreme Court Justice Russell P. Buscaglia barring a certification of a winner in the special 26th Congressional District race pending a show-cause hearing before him later this week."
Since Hochul won with a significant margin, there is little of a recount so Corwin's court order is academic.
Democrats believe this election is a forecast of the 2012 elections. Aggressive attacks on Medicare by the GOP may cause them to lose control of Congress and give them little to no chance of taking back the White House.