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GOP upset win in NY portends challenge for Obama

NEW YORK CITY — Democrat David Weprin has conceded defeat in the New York special election to replace Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner.

Weprin released a statement Wednesday morning saying he had called Republican rival Bob Turner to congratulate him on a well-fought campaign.

Turner won an upset victory Tuesday in a heavily Democratic district covering parts of Brooklyn and Queens.

Weprin said he was proud that his campaign drew attention to entitlement programs like Medicare and Social Security.

Turner’s win was a rebuke to President Barack Obama, who won the district by 11 points in 2008 but has seen his popularity slide in New York and nationally amid high unemployment and a weak economy.

With Turner’s win, Republicans now hold 242 seats in the House to 192 for Democrats. There is one vacancy.