Scanning Tedisco-Murphy, yet again

Tedisco-MurphyUpdated at 2:38 pm

Make it stop. Just make it stop. For whatever reason (probably the non stop ads) this shortened special election seems to be going on forever. As @AmyMengel recently joked: "Maybe they will let us just text our votes to 1-866-Congress01 or 1-866-Congress02." Then we could all move on.

Here's the latest scan of the coverage.

The horse race

+ A new Siena poll out this morning reports that Scott Murphy has taken a four point lead over Jim Tedisco, 47-43 (the margin of error is just about four points). But get this: when asked who would win, the people polled said Tedisco 45-35.

tedisco murphy tallThe last debate

+ Capital News 9 has posted the full video from last night's debate.

+ This final debate focused mostly on the stimulus bill (and the difference between pork and bacon) -- though health care and foreign policy also got some attention. [Daily Gazette] [Saratogian]

+ Bob Conner at Planet Albany says the debate was a draw -- even with, as he described it, Murphy's Jindal-like start.

+ The TU reports that most of the people at the debate had already decided who they were voting for.

+ On a completely superficial note, Murphy looked like a giant standing next to Tedisco during the debate (screen grab on right).

Down to two

+ Who benefits now that Libertarian candidate Eric Sundwall won't be on the ballot? A "Republican source" tells Talking Points Memo that probably helps Tedisco a bit.

+ Sundwall says he's voting for Murphy and is urging his supporters to also do so: "While we disagree on some important issues, I find [Murphy] to be a man of honor, a good family man and successful businessman. Unlike Tedisco, he actually lives in the District. And, unlike Mr. Tedisco, I view Scott's business success as a virtue, not a vice."

+ The TU's Casey Seiler writes that Sundwall's bouncing from the ballot highlights two things: third parties need to get their act together and New York's "often byzantine election system."

The chatter

+ The TU's Irene Jay Liu writes that the national Democrats have given the race more attention as Murphy's poll numbers have improved. Barack Obama endorsed Murphy this week.

+ NBC's Mark Murray and Domenico Montanaro write that national Republicans see this race as a must-win.

The ads

We have ad fatigue. And we just want to watch some basketball. If you want to watch attack ads about Scotty Murphy, here you go. And if you'd like watch ads attacking Jim Tedisco, here you go.

The date

Election day is Tuesday.

screengrab: Capital News 9


5 million for snow making +
145 million for little leagues +
300 million for golf carts +
98 million for a polar ice breaker +

= 300 billion dollars and 4 points for Murphy

I can 30-second skip over the TV ads. I'm beyond tired of all the phone calls, though. Every day, I get at least one robo-call telling me how great the candidate is, one asking who I'm voting for, and 2-3 asking if I can help canvass or make calls to annoy other people. This can't be over soon enough!

Not only did we get 4 phone calls at home yesterday, this morning while driving into work, I get a text message on my phone asking me to vote for Mr. Tedisco.

Now since my job pays for my cell phone *and* we get charged $0.20/text message I'm wondering if there is a theft of services lawsuit waiting to happen here....

Best of all, I'd voted several hours earlier.

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