Excerpted from “Democrat Wins Upstate New York Congressional Race
” By RAYMOND HERNANDEZ, “The Caucus” (blog), The New York Times
, May 24, 2011
emocrats scored an upset in one of New York’s most conservative congressional districts on Tuesday, dealing a blow to the national Republican Party in a race that largely turned on the party’s plan to overhaul Medicare.
The results set off elation among Democrats and soul-searching among Republicans, who questioned whether the party should rethink its commitment to the Medicare plan, which appears to have become a liability as 2012 elections loom.
Two months ago, the Democrat, Kathy Hochul, was considered an all-but-certain loser. But Ms. Hochul seized on her Republican rival’s embrace of the proposal from Representative Paul Ryan, Republican of Wisconsin, to overhaul Medicare, and she never let up.
With 66 percent of the precincts reporting, Ms. Hockul led with 48 percent of the vote, to 43 percent for the Republican candidate, Jane L. Corwin …