On Monday NOM announced a last minute flyer campaign against US Rep. Richard Hanna (R-NY), who had signed a SCOTUS brief in support of the repeal of DOMA. Brian Brown’s pet teabagger lost her primary bid to unseat Hanna last night.
Hanna defeated Tenney 53 percent (15,135) to 47 percent (13,503) in the district that covers eight counties to the north, east and south of Syracuse, according to unofficial election returns with 100 percent of the vote counted. The Associated Press declared Hanna the winner at about 11:30 p.m. Hanna told syracuse.com that the election was closer than he wanted, but he knew that Tenney had gained ground in the final weeks of the election. “We knew it was tightening up,” Hanna said in an interview. “But we’re happy. It took a lot of work, and we were well organized, and we knew all along it could be close. In the end, our people turned out and the results were what we hoped for.” Asked if he thought his victory sent a message to the far right of his party, Hanna said, “I don’t know, but I hope it’s a message that you could be thoughtful and inclusive and still be elected.”
Tenney has accused Hanna of running a “fraudulent and abusive campaign.” So sad, too bad.