SARANAC LAKE, N.Y.
Doug Hoffman campaign spokesman Rob Ryan just said the off-year congressional election in this sprawling upstate district represents a political "revolution."
"People have just stepped up to the plate," Ryan said, describing the surge of grassroots volunteer support for Hoffamn. "They're sick and tired of politics as usual. They're sick and tired of the culture of corruption in Washington. They're sick and tired of sending all their money to the IRS."
Tonight, the Hoffman campaign is preparing to celebrate at the historic Hotel Saranac, where there are seven TV satellite trucks in the parking lot. Reporters from the New York Times, Fox News, CNN and other national media are on hand. The polls close at 9 p.m.
Most observers expect a Hoffman win tonight. During an afternoon press conference, Hoffman campaign manager Dan Tripp said his own sample of key precincts in the 23rd District show a "positive" trend.
"Things are looking pretty good right now," Tripp said, but added that the Hoffman campaign's get-out-the-vote operation would "be pushing like we're 10 points behind until 9 o'clock."
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