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Democrats win in New York race that Allen West, Marco Rubio weighed in on

The Associated Press is calling it for Democrat Kathy Hochul in an upstate New York congressional race that was expected to be a cake walk for Republicans.

But Democrats -- who sought to make the race a referendum on a GOP-backed budget plan that revamps Medicare -- hammered the Republican in the race for supporting the Ryan budget plan. Republicans pulled out the big guns: Florida tea party favorites Allen West and Marco Rubio each made robocalls on behalf of the GOP candidate -- who was easily expected to retain the seat.

Democrats hail the race as a harbinger for 2012 -- and as proof that House Republicans overstretched when all but four voted for the Ryan budget plan.

"Congrats to Congresswoman-Elect Kathy Hochul (D-NY26)!," new national Democratic party chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz tweeted. "U ran a great race! TY 2 volunteers! Voters stand up 4 Medicare!"