Former TV Exec Turner Wins Congressional Race

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Former TV executive Bob Turner was elected to Congress from New York Tuesday, becoming the first Republican since the 1920s to hold the seat formerly occupied by Anthony Weiner.

Turner, 70, who stopped working full-time in the TV business in 2003, had been president and CEO of Pearson North America, where he launched new versions of Family Feud and To Tell the Truth. He started Orbis Entertainment, which was acquired by Pearson, and was also president and CEO of Multimedia Entertainment, president of LBS Communications and general manager of CBS Cable.

He defeated Democrat David Weprin in an upset, winning by a 54 to 46 margin, according to the Associated Press.

Turner campaigned on a platform that called for creating jobs, supporting small business and lowering taxes. He was endorsed by former New York City Mayor Ed Koch in a district with a large concentration of Orthodox Jews, and his victory was seen by Republicans as a rebuke of President Obama's policies, particularly regarding support for Israel.