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1st C.D.: Counting over in Suffolk, Bishop leads by 235

Suffolk elections officials have finished counting absentee ballots in Yaphank with Rep. Tim Bishop (D-Southampton) leading Republican Randy Altschuler by 235 votes, Bishop spokesman Jon Schneider said.

“We are very confident that Tim Bishop has won this election,” Schneider said.

Still unresolved in the race are the 1,261 absentee and affidavit ballots Altschuler's attorneys have challenged and the 790 Bishop's camp has challenged. The fate of those ballots are to be discussed next Tuesday in State Supreme Court in Riverhead, Schneider said.

The Bishop camp's final numbers show the four-term incumbent leading 97,050 to 96,815.

A source close Altschuler's campaign believes the margin to be 234, but spokesman Rob Ryan didn't immediately return a message.

With Upstate Rep. Dan Maffei's setting a 4 p.m. press conference to concede his race, Bishop's is the last unresolved Congressional race in New York. National Republican Campaign Committee spokesman Tory Mazzola said two California House races are also officially outstanding, though the margins in each are more than 1,500 votes.


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