POLITICS
03/18/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

GOP Scozzafava Support Sparks Party Rift, Revolt On The Right

The nominee in a looming House special election is at the heart of an angry dispute between conservatives and Republican House leadership, a rift so serious that it threatens the party's chances of keeping control of the upstate New York seat.

At issue is the National Republican Congressional Committee's support for Dede Scozzafava, a New York assemblywoman who conservatives assert is so liberal that they absolutely cannot support her candidacy. Instead, many conservative groups are rallying behind Doug Hoffman, a third-party candidate running on the Conservative Party line, even though their support for him might pave the way for a Democratic takeover of the seat recently vacated by GOP Rep. John McHugh.

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