Republican Bob Turner, in a political nail-biter, snagged a House seat tonight in New York’s Ninth District, which straddles Brooklyn and Queens. The Big Apple special election, of course, was called after Anthony Weiner resigned. Turner’s victory gives the GOP two seats in New York City boroughs, following Michael Grimm’s win last year on Staten Island. Democrats, to no one’s surprise, are already shushing Republicans for calling the race a referendum on President Obama. They’re right — to a point. Voters in the district, where Democratic registration outnumbers Republican three-to-one — have indeed soured on Obama. But the election was shaped by a variety of factors, local and national, not just the president’s unpopularity. Here are five lessons learned.
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