Is the special election in New York's 23rd Congressional District a local event to find a new representative, or something bigger?
1. A chance for an historic win for Democrats and a boost for President Obama?
2. A boost for Conservatives and those pushing the tea parties?
3. A chance for moderate Republicans to maintain their place in line?
When you have national blogger Stacy McCain writing his report at the desk of the local newspaper guy - whose blog is All Politics is Local - the lines blur.
The Watertown Daily Times is known for its local focus - Editor and Publisher did a story on that angle around 2001, as I remember - and it's publisher followed that focus in meeting Conservative candidate Doug Hoffman Thursday.
It's almost like there's two elections going on.
Local issues known mostly in Northern New York state may determine who spins the victory their way. And whoever wins the race has to do it all over again in a year.