Good for him…if it’s possible to “unconcede” that is. I would think so given that the votes are not all counted and the tally has not yet been certified. It would be a stunning reversal of the race in Upstate NY. They are still counting more than 10,000 absentee votes and Hoffman would need at least 65% of them to win. Given all the weirdness of the Al Franken vote count, they should at least let the votes be counted. Stay tuned…
Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman has “unconceded” in New York’s special House election after reports that the vote margin narrowed between him and Rep. Bill Owens (D).
Hoffman conceded the race on Election Night after learning he trailed Owens by 5,335 votes. But the Syracuse Post-Standard reported last week that the margin had shrunk to 3,026 votes after recanvassing.
Hoffman appeared on conservative commenatator Glenn Beck’s radio show this afternoon. Beck asked the him if he would “unconcede.”
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Don’t touch that dial! Could there be a re-count in NY-23? Could the result of the PelosiCare Healthcare Bill signal that if a recount occurs, that Owens would lose and Hoffman could add one more to the Republican side of the House? What will the uncounted absentee ballots show? Stay tuned. Same bat time, same bat channel…I can’t believe I just used a Batman metaphor. Apologies.
Possible recount in NY-23?
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – It turns out that the special election last week for the 23rd Congressional District seat in New York may not be over after all.
Although conservative Doug Hoffman conceded and Democrat Bill Owens was sworn into Congress last week, the routine recanvassing of votes shows Owens’ lead has narrowed to 3,000 votes. The final outcome will depend on how as-yet uncounted absentee ballots break.
Hoffman admitted defeat when he was told he was down by more than 5,000 votes.
If the count overturns the election, Owens could be removed from office.
The Syracuse Post-Standard first reported that problems in some counties resulted in underreporting of votes for Hoffman on Election Night.
Hoffman’s campaign is monitoring the recanvassing. Owens’ spokesman didn’t immediately return a call.
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