Analyzing Hochul's Victory in NY's 26th

Kathy Hochul's special election victory over Jane Corwin and Jack Davis is being hailed as a sign of hope for Democrats heading into 2012's general election.

WXXI's Alex Crichton spoke with Phil Fairbanks of The Buffalo News this morning to get his take on Hochul's upset win. Fairbanks was also a guest on Wednesday's "Talk of the Nation" on NPR on WXXI-AM 1370.

You can listen to Hochul's victory speech recorded last night after she was declared the winner.

The special election drew intense national scrutiny as explained in NPR's "It's All Politics" blog. The election was also the focus of significant spending by national political organizations as reported by Peter Overby during Morning Edition.

PBS NewsHour's "Morning Rundown" goes in depth analyzing reaction and reporting that while the victory is not insignificant, "It's somewhat dangerous to over-interpret the results of one special election." Below is video from Wednesday's PBS NewsHour:

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