Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman acknowledged Saturday that he needs N.Y. Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava's prospective voters in order to win his close House race on Tuesday.

Hoffman also thanked Scozzafava for announcing earlier today that she was bowing out of the three-way race for former Rep. John McHugh's seat -- a move, Hoffman added, that was a "difficult decision for the good of the Republican Party."

“I need Dede supporters to know how important it is to go out and cast their vote on November 3rd,” Hoffman told the National Review this afternoon. “The Democrats are pumping over $1 million in negative ads against me this week, with the help of the Working Families Party and ACORN. They’re sending in ground troops to take this away from the Republicans."

"It’s important for both my supporters and Scozzafava supporters to know that if they vote for me, they’re voting for less taxes and less spending," he said. "If they don’t vote for me, that means that want someone who will be working hand in hand with Nancy Pelosi in Washington.”

Hoffman is right to scour his district for disgruntled Scozzafava voters: Recent polls show he is virtually tied with Democratic candidate Bill Owens, who also praised Scozzafava on Saturday.