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Special Elections Watch: New York and Nevada; Update: AP Calls Both for GOP

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By Doug Powers  •  September 13, 2011 09:33 PM

**Written by Doug Powers

The polls in New York’s ninth district closed a while ago, and in Nevada’s second congressional district they close at 7 p.m. Silver State time, so here’s an overnight thread to watch and comment on these two races:

Republicans are eyeing strong showings in two special congressional elections on Tuesday, one in Nevada, where the GOP is expected to hold on to one of its seats, and the other in New York City, where a stoutly Democratic district could change hands.

The race getting the most national attention is in the New York district once represented by Democrat Anthony Weiner, who forced to resign after he was caught using the Internet to transmit salacious photos of himself to women. He held the seat from 1999 until he stepped down in January.

The polls are closed in New York and so far there is no precinct data being reported, but as the evening goes on we’ll keep an eye on it.

In the New York House race, a couple of days ago, Republican Bob Turner had a six point lead over Democrat David Weprin for a seat the Dems have held since 1923. It looks to be a smoother ride for the Republicans in Nevada, but you never know.

Update: In NY-09, the AP has just over 20 percent of the precincts reporting, and Republican Turner holds a 51-49 percent lead over Democrat Weprin.

The AP is also starting to post numbers from Nevada now.

Update II: The AP has called the New York House race for Republican Bob Turner.

Update III: The GOP has also won in Nevada.

**Written by Doug Powers

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