The Note’s Must-Reads for Wednesday, September 14, 2011

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G.O.P. / 2012 ELECTIONS: ABC News’ Shushannah Walshe: “ GOP Takes Anthony Weiner’s Seat in Congress” In an upset to Democrats both locally and nationally, the Republican defeated the Democrat in the race to replace Anthony Weiner in New York’s ninth congressional district. Republican Bob Turner, a retired media executive, bested Democrat Assemblyman David Weprin.  With about 70 percent of precincts reporting late Tuesday, Turner had 53 percent of the vote to Weprin’s 47 percent when the Associated Press called the race for Turner. LINK

The Hills’ Cameron Joseph: “ Republicans win Weiner’s seat” Republican Bob Turner won former Rep. Anthony Weiner’s (D-N.Y.) House seat on Tuesday, a bad sign for President Obama and down-ticket Democrats heading into next year’s election. Turner was leading Democrat David Weprin by 54 percent to 46 percent with 81 percent of precincts reporting right before midnight eastern time. The Associated Press has called the race. LINK

The New York Daily News’ Lisa Colangelo, Alison Gendar and Jonathan Lemire: “ Republican Bob Turner upends Democrat David Weprin in special election for Anthony Weiner’s seat” Republican Bob Turner scored a shocking victory late Tuesday night to capture disgraced ex-Rep. Anthony Weiner’s congressional seat – and delivered what many political pros say is a stinging rebuke of President Obama. Turner was named the winner by The Associated Press just before midnight. By the end of the night, the GOPer was ahead 54% to 46% – with about 86% of the Brooklyn-Queens district reporting. LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Kim Geiger: “ Weiner’s House seat goes to GOP” Democrats suffered a stunning blow Tuesday as voters in New York’s 9th Congressional District chose a novice Republican to replace disgraced Democrat Anthony Weiner in an election that became a referendum on President Obama. With more than 90% of precincts reporting, Bob Turner, a retired television executive best known for producing “The Jerry Springer Show,” had 53% of the vote in unofficial returns, election officials said. Democrat Dave Weprin, a state assemblyman from a politically connected family, had 46%. LINK

USA Today’s Alan Gomez: “ Illegal-immigration issue sets Rick Perry apart from rivals” When Tea Party activists examine Rick Perry , many see a candidate who embodies their core values, their limited-government ideals and the best possible hope for the GOP to reclaim the White House. That is, until he starts talking immigration. “If you wait for the perfect candidate, they’ll never show up,” said Sharon Calvert, founder of the Tampa Tea Party, when asked about Perry’s record on immigration. LINK

The New York Times’ Thomas Kaplan: “ G.O.P. Gains House Seat Vacated by Weiner” A little-known Republican businessman from Queens, channeling voter discontent with President Obama into an upset, won election to Congress on Tuesday from the heavily Democratic district in New York City last represented by Anthony D. Weiner. LINK

The Washington Post’s Paul Kane: “ Republican wins Democratic New York House seat” With the outcome of his own reelection effort 14 difficult months away, President Obama suffered a sharp rebuke Tuesday when voters in New York elected a conservative Republican to represent a Democratic district that has not been in GOP hands since the 1920s. LINK

Politico’s Dan Hirschhorn & Alex Isenstadt: “ GOP captures 2 special House elections” Democrats suffered a major blow in two special House election losses Tuesday, leaving the party at a political low point as it gears up for 2012. Republicans pulled off an upset in New York’s 9th Congressional District, a strongly Democratic seat that should have been an easy hold. And the GOP cruised to an easy win as Mark Amodei won Nevada’s Republican-friendly 2nd District. LINK

Bloomberg’s Jonathan D. Salant & Laura Litvan: “ Republicans Score Upset Win in N.Y. House” Republican Bob Turner, with voters dealing a rebuke to President Barack Obama in a traditionally Democratic district, won the New York City House seat that scandal forced Anthony Weiner to give up. The Associated Press reported that with 82 percent of the vote counted in yesterday’s special election, Turner had 54 percent and Democrat David Weprin had 46 percent. LINK

BUDGET SUPER COMMITTEE: The Washington Times’ Stephen Dinan: “ Budget director cuts time for super committee to cut deficit” Congress’ chief scorekeeper effectively shortened the window for the new deficit supercommittee to reach a deal, saying Tuesday that if lawmakers are going to meet their Thanksgiving deadline, his office will need to see an agreement at the beginning of November. LINK

ABC NEWS VIDEOS: Rep. Ryan, D-Ohio: Obama’s Jobs Bill Is ‘Good Economics’LINKJessica Taylor: Tight Race for Weiner’s SeatLINK

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