Special election a measure of Obama's strength

By BETH FOUHY | September 12, 2011 | 5:25 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Republicans may win a heavily Democratic New York City congressional seat, and widespread unhappiness with President Barack Obama's economic policies could be to blame.

Polls show Republican Bob Turner with a slight edge over Democrat David Weprin in Tuesday's special election in the 9th Congressional District. The seat opened in June after former Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner resigned in a sexting scandal.

House Republican Leader Eric Cantor told reporters that a Turner win in the Queens and Brooklyn district would be the latest evidence of national dissatisfaction with Obama.

Former President Bill Clinton and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo are making automated phone calls for Weprin. The party has spent more than half a million dollars on TV ads.

Turner campaigned with former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani Monday.