One of the groups of voters that's gotten the most attention this cycle is the Republicans in NY-23. Here are some of our findings about them:
-First off they have a very dim view of Congressional Republicans- 43% view them unfavorably to just 37% having a positive opinion of them. That is one of two key stats that shows how this district was a good place for a grassroots revolt against party leaders.
-The other key point is that 37% of them think the GOP wing in Congress is too liberal. That's a pretty strong starting point for a conservative insurgency.
-In a two way contest between Doug Hoffman and Dede Scozzafava they would have gone 71-24 for Hoffman. That's why I think this contest has mixed relevance for next year. If there had just been a primary Hoffman would have won easily and it would have been a perfectly run of the mill Congressional race. So while this race may be a sign that moderate incumbent Republicans could have something to worry about next year in primaries, I don't think it's an indication that we're going to see a lot of races with third party conservative spoilers- Scozzafava's nomination in the first place was just a fluke of the New York special election system.