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As of 10:30 a.m., Randy Altschuler has re-taken the lead from Rep. Tim Bishop (D-Southampton) by 10 votes in absentee ballot counting, Altschuler spokesman Rob Ryan reports.
Altschuler gained 24 votes today, Ryan said. At the end of the day Friday, Bishop led by 15 according to his camp, and 14 according to Altschuler's. Bishop's people have yet to return our calls this morning. We'll update this post when they do.
The two candidates figure to trade the lead as elections officials count ballots at Board of Elections headquarters in Yaphank this week. There are 4,901 absentee ballots left to be counted, all from Brookhaven, where Bishop won the town by 156 votes out of 115,926 cast.
Altschuler's team also this morning ripped Bishop's election operation for, they said, challenging 52 absentee ballots cast people who couldn't vote on Election Day because they were working at the polls. Overall, Altschuler has challenged more than 200 more ballots than has Bishop, including ballots cast by Bishop's parents and the college student son of state Sen. Brian X. Foley (D-Blue Point).