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June 17, 2011


Weiner's Successor Could be a Lame Duck

Whoever wins the special election to replace former Rep. Anthony Weiner may be a lame duck the day he or she takes office, the New York Times reports.

"After all, with New York State set to lose two House seats because of the 2010 census, many believe that Mr. Weiner's territory, the Ninth Congressional District, will be carved up to benefit Democratic incumbents in adjoining districts. If so, then whoever wins a special election this fall would quite likely get to call himself or herself a member of Congress for a little more than a year. And no more than that, because the expectation is that the winner -- assuming it is a Democrat, since the district is strongly Democratic -- would probably not challenge the neighboring incumbents. "














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