As Stephen notes in his post yesterday, the NY-23 special election is making waves nationally. One interesting point is its implications for the 2012 presidential race, as Politico points out here.

The race has become something of a cause celebre among national conservatives, and it’s interesting to see what various potential Republican candidates for 2012 are doing. So far, Newt Gingrich has endorsed the liberal Republican, while Sarah Palin and Tim Pawlenty have endorsed Doug Hoffman, running on the Conservative Party line. Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee have stated they will not endorse either candidate. I think this is an early victory for Palin and Pawlenty.

Others who aren’t currently considered potential 2012 candidates but who have endorsed Hoffman include Dick Armey, Fred Thompson, Rick Santorum and Steve Forbes.

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