As we reported earlier, Scozzafava, the Republican candidate, withdrew from the race today. This means Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman has a much clearer field in front of him. Now the only thing separating him from a seat in the US Congress is Democratic candidate Bill Owens.
One thing's for sure -- you can't thank the National Republican Congressional Committee. They were behind Scozzafava all the way. While conservative stars like Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck, and Rush Limbaugh proudly bucked the GOP machine and backed Hoffman.
Whomever you credit, Scozzafava's free-fall in the polls was staggering. At the beginning of October, the Republican led all three candidates with 35 percent of the vote. Not even a month later, she dropped to just 20 percent.
Palin, speaking on her Facebook page, thanked Scozzafava for "acting so selflessly today."
"Now it's time to cross the finish line with Doug Hoffman so that he can get to work for District 23 and the rest of America," Palin writes.
"With Congress poised to overhaul one-sixth of our economy with so-called health care “reform” (which is really a government takeover of health care) and with plans to enact a cap-and-tax bill just as our economy struggles to recover, Doug Hoffman will be a voice for fiscal responsibility and common sense in Washington," she said.
"We need candidates like Doug now more than ever. In these final days of the campaign, it's vital that Doug continue to receive the enthusiastic support of those who want to bring common sense to Washington. Let’s help make it happen!" Palin writes.
If it's going to happen, we'll know shortly. The special election will be held on November 3.
Regardless, conservatives are thrilled with the decision. Conservative blogger Michelle Malkin taunts, "Hey, GOP elites: Can you hear conservatives NOW?!"
Does Palin get the credit? Or is it much larger than just one person?