White House Says Dem's Loss in NY Not about Obama

By the Associated Press | September 14, 2011 | 11:40 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says it does not view a Democratic candidate's defeat in a New York City special congressional election as a referendum on President Barack Obama.

White House spokesman Jay Carney says special elections are unique and don't reveal much about the outcome of future regularly scheduled votes. Carney's comments came the morning after Republican political novice Bob Turner upset Democrat David Weprin (WEHP'-rihn) in a race to fill the seat of Anthony Weiner, who resigned earlier this year.

Democrats have a 3-1 registration edge in the Brooklyn and Queens-area district where voters cast their ballots Tuesday.