The Republican candidate, Dede Scozzafava, bailed out of the race for congress in upstate New York's twenty-third district on Saturday. She wrote to her supporters via her campaign web site,
"It is increasingly clear that pressure is mounting on many of my supporters to shift their support. Consequently, I hereby release those individuals who have endorsed and supported my campaign to transfer their support as they see fit to do so. I am and have always been a proud Republican. It is my hope that with my actions today, my Party will emerge stronger and our District and our nation can take an important step towards restoring the enduring strength and economic prosperity that has defined us for generations."
It appeared that she was releasing her Republican supporters to endorse conservative candidate Doug Hoffman. Scozzafava's statement was removed from her campaign site just twenty-four hours after it was posted. Another statement was replaced with the following,
“Hi, this is Dede Scozzafava calling on behalf of Bill Owens. And I wanted to let you know that I am supporting Bill for Congress. “Since beginning my campaign I have said that this election is not about me, it’s about the people of this district. It’s not in the cards for me to be your representative but I strongly believe Bill Owens is the only candidate who can build upon John McHugh’s lasting legacy in Congress. “In Bill Owens I see a sense of duty and integrity. He will be an independent voice, devoted to doing what is right for New York. To address the tough challenges ahead we must rise above partisanship and politics, and work together. “Please join me in voting for Bill Owens on Tuesday.”
Scozzafava has reveled that her allegiance is not to the Republican party but toward ACORNs Family Workers Party which has supported her and her former Democrat Rival Bill Owens. The reason her support had diminished is that the Republican base noted her support on liberal issues. She is for Abortion rights, would support the Stimulus plan, and is a proponent of Nancy Pelosi's health care reform bill. Conservatives began supporting the conservative candidate, Doug Hoffman, by producing the Likes of former Vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin, Presidential hopeful Governor Tim Pawlenty, Freedom Works Dick Armey, and the National Tea-Party Coalition.
Recent polling has indicated that since Scozzafava has dropped out, Hoffman leads Owens by between five and seven-teen percentage points. Politisite Political Projections called the race for conservative candidate Doug Hoffman by fifteen percentage points