Rep. Tim Bishop's lead over Randy Altschuler has increased to 69 votes in absentee ballot counting, Altschuler spokesman Rob Ryan tells us.
The lead comes as elections officials embarked on a 3 p.m. break. Officials have counted absentee ballots from 274 of 460 election districts and have 3,683 ballots left to count.
The breakdown of the remaining ballots is:
GOP: 1,476 (40%)
Democrats: 1,370 (37%)
Working Families: 7
Unaffiliated: 756 (21%)
Ryan reports that Altschuler still has challenged more ballots, 864, than has Bishop, 602.