NYC Upset Could Mean Bad News for Obama

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Republicans have scored a major upset victory in a New York City House race.

Republican political novice, Bob Turner, emerged triumphant Tuesday in a congressional district that traditionally had gone to Democrats for nearly a century.

Some political observers say the Republican win is a referendum on President Barack Obama's policies -- from the economy to Israel.

"We've been asked by the people of this district to send a message to Washington, and I hope they hear it loud and clear," declared Turner after beating prominent Democrat David Weprin.

The heavily Democratic New York City District was once represented by Anthony Weiner.

Weiner stepped down in June after getting snared in a sexual text message scandal. But the special election to replace him turned into a rebuke of the Obama administration.

"I wish there was somebody stronger who does what he promises," one voter commented.

Dr. Charles Dunn, distinguished professor of government at Regent University, spoke with CBN News about what message the White House should take from these upset elections? Click play to watch.

Turner is the first Republican to win the ninth congressional district since 1923. Democrats outnumber the GOP in the district 3 to 1.

Turner, who is Catholic, pulled heavy support from the district's large population of orthodox Jews and social conservatives who aren't happy with Weprin's support of same-sex marriage.

In a public policy poll taken days before the election, most voters said Israel was "very important" in determining their votes.

According to the survey, only 22 percent of Jewish voters approved of the president's handling of Israel.

The special election was also reflection of voters' disapproval of Obama's economic policies.

"Tonight New Yorkers have delivered a strong warning to the Democrats who control the levers of power in our federal government," House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said in a statement. "It's time to scrap the failed `stimulus' agenda."

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