Poll: Owens 35, Scozzafava 30, Hoffman 23 - The Scorecard - POLITICO.com Tiny NY special election for US House. It should be no big deal, the House is not at a tipping point. However, since 3 heavy hitters have been out campaigning here it makes you think some people view this as the first battle in the new political scene. Owens, the Democrat has had Obama campaign for him. Scozzafava, the Republican has been endorsed by Newt Gingrich Hoffman, the Conservative has had Palin campaign for him. The Democrat party, the Republican party and the non-partisan tea party crowd see this as something bigger than a small House race.