By SALLY GOLDENBERG, REUVEN FENTON and CARL CAMPANILE, The NY Post
Take that, Mr. President!
Republican Bob Turner scored a stunning upset victory yesterday by capturing disgraced former Rep. Anthony Weinerâ€™s congressional seat.
Turner soundly defeated Democrat Assemblyman David Weprin in what is widely seen as a referendum on President Obamaâ€™s policies.
â€œWeâ€™ve lit one candle. Thereâ€™s going to be a bonfire soon when they [in Washington] fully understand it,â€™â€™ Turner said of his victory in the once-safe Democratic Queens/Brooklyn district.
Some 500 cheering Turner supporters chanted â€œUSA! USA!â€™â€™ at the victory party at the Roma View restaurant in Howard Beach.
Turner said heâ€™ll be sworn in tomorrow. Heâ€™s expected to be the star guest at the New York Republican Partyâ€™s annual dinner tonight.
â€œThis is a historic race. Iâ€™ve been asked by the people of this district to send a message to Washington, and I hope they hear it loud and clear,â€™â€™ he said.
â€œIâ€™m the messenger.â€™â€™
Turner, 70, a retired TV exec, then took on Obama.
â€œWe are ready to say, â€˜Mr. President, we are on the wrong track,â€™ â€™â€™ Turner said to thunderous applause, adding, â€œThis election will resound through 2012.â€™â€™
Turner was ahead, 54 to 46 percent, with 89 percent of the precincts reporting early this morning.
But Weprin refused to concede.
â€œThereâ€™s a lot of votes to be be counted. Stay tuned,â€™â€™ the Queens Assemblyman said at his election-night gathering in Forest Hills.
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