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1st C.D.: Bishop's lead grows to 69 votes

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%)
Independence: 118
Conservatives: 90
Working Families: 7
Unaffiliated: 756 (21%)

Ryan reports that Altschuler still has challenged more ballots, 864, than has Bishop, 602.


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