The special election to fill the empty seat in New York 23 has drawn national attention. First, the Republican leadership nominated Dede Scozzafava bringing outrage from local residents which was amplified by the Tea Party crowd and several prominent Republicans on the national stage. Scozzafava's voting record is so far left her Democrat competitor was essentially accusing her of being too liberal. This outrage and voter frustration prompted the impromptu campaign of Doug Hoffman. Hoffman's campaign skyrocketed through the polls primarily by siphoning off dissatisfied Republican voters wanting to send a message to the Party.