Take this with more than a grain of salt, since the Club for Growth supports him, but in the latest poll by the Club for Growth Doug Hoffman, the pro-life Conservative Party candidate in the special election in the New York 23rd Congressional District endorsed by Sarah Palin and other Republican Party luminaries, leads with 31.3% of the vote to 27% for Bill Owens the Democrat and 19.7% for the pro-abort leftist Republican Dede Scozzafava., with 22% undivided.
One of many good reasons why Republicans are bailing on Scozzafava is contained in the video at the beginning of the post which shows the remarks of Scozzafava upon winning a Margaret Sanger award.
Douglas Hoffman writes here as to why he decided to run. A better question would be to ask the Republican powers that be in the New York 23rd Congressional District how on Earth they ever thought that a candidate with the views of Scozzafava would ever be acceptable to most Republican voters. Maddeningly the Republican National Committee is pumping money into Scozzafava’s campaign and running adds against Hoffman. This is an excellent way to alienate the conservative base of the party. Idiocy, sheer idiocy.
Update I : A second poll has been released, this one by Neighborhood Research, showing Hoffman at 34%, Owens at 29% and Scozzafava at 14% , with Undecideds at 23% which tracks pretty well with the Club for Growth poll. I wonder how much more in Republican campaign contributions the Republican National Committee is going to squander in an apparently losing effort to elect a liberal Democrat in Republican clothes?
Update II: Dan Riehl here has lots of information as to how the Scozzafava fiasco came about.