It's Election Day in New York's 20th congressional district today, as Democrat Scott Murphy will face off against Republican Jim Tedisco in the special election to fill Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand's (D) old House seat. Many will look to this, the first federal election post 2008, as a referendum on everything from President Obama's stimulus package and AIG outrage--a major political football in the race--to Michael Steele's leadership abilities, the viability of the Republican Party, and Democratic momentum since the 2006 wave. More on this later.

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