Hoffman drops out in NY-23

Republicans seeking to win back the 23rd District of New York got a break today when Doug Hoffman, the Conservative Party candidate on the ballot there, threw his support behind Republican Matt Doheny, R. The incumbent, Rep. Bill Owens, D, defeated Hoffman in a special election last November.

“Our nation is at a crossroads, and it is imperative that on Election Day we wrest control of Congress from Nancy Pelosi and the Democrat majority,” Hoffman said in a prepared statement. “It was never my intention to split the Republican vote.”

Hoffman’s name will still appear on the ballot, because he did not drop out soon enough. He had originally decided to remain in the race in part because he considered Doheny, who supports legal first-trimester abortions, to be insufficiently pro-life.