David Paterson's decision to call a special election has everyone confused. Jimmy Vielkind at the Times-Union has a good rundown of the possible election scenarios, and the Corning Leader has reaction from Southern Tier politicians.

Nobody knows if there will be two lines for Congress in November's election, but it sounds like that might happen. Then, the winner of one line would serve for a couple of months, and the winner of the other would serve for the next term.

What a mess.

Update: Sean Carroll has a good rundown of some questions and answers.


Unless we have different people nominated, I don't see how this will ultimately effect things. It'll be the same winner for both.

Right. But if the election is close and people screw up, we could see some odd results (such as one winner of the special and one of the general). Though that's unlikely.