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Long Island House Seat Is Back in Play

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November 7, 2010

The New York Times

A new vote count on Long Island appears to have called into question the apparent victory of an incumbent Democratic congressman on Long Island.

The representative, Timothy H. Bishop, led by more than 3,400 votes after the first round of counting in New York’s First Congressional District.

But after a recanvass of the voting machines in Suffolk County, Randy Altschuler, the Republican, held a razor-thin lead of 392, according to a post Saturday on the Facebook page of Mr. Altschuler’s campaign. The winner will not be determined until more than 9,000 absentee ballots are counted.

Mr. Bishop, seeking a fifth term, led by 3,461 votes — about two percentage points — in the preliminary count. Though news organizations including The Associated Press called the race for Mr. Bishop, Mr. Altschuler refused to concede.

The outcome of the race in New York’s 25th Congressional District also remained undecided. In that race, Representative Dan Maffei, a Democrat, and Ann Marie Buerkle, a Republican, were separated by fewer than 1,000 votes.

To read more, visit: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/07/nyregion/07suffolk.html?_r=1

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