November 17th, 2009
11:35 AM ET
4 years ago

Hoffman aides downplay 'un-concession'

Hoffman aides are closely watching a count of absentee ballots Tuesday.
Hoffman aides are closely watching a count of absentee ballots Tuesday.

(CNN) - The divisive special congressional race in New York, during which an intra-party Republican battle appeared to result in a Democratic victory, may not be over after all.

Doug Hoffman - the Conservative Party candidate in the 23rd congressional district's special election - "un-conceded" on the Glenn Beck radio show Monday night, as a standard review of election returns showed Democrat Bill Owen's lead over Hoffman had narrowed from 5,800 votes to just over 3,000 votes.

But a spokesman for Hoffman downplayed the conservative's "un-concession" Tuesday. "All that really matters is the actual count which is ongoing," said

In the interview with Beck, Hoffman acknowledged he would have to win more than 65 percent of the uncounted absentees to make up the difference - a hurdle that is unlikely to be cleared given most of those ballots were cast before the Republican in the race, Dede Scozzafava, withdrew.

The review of roughly 7,400 remaining absentee ballots is slated to begin Tuesday.

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  1. If my people, which are called by my name shall humble themselves,and pray,and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and will heal their land. 2 Chron. 7 S Callahan

    Last I knew there were a little over 5000 ab ballots to be counted in a an area that favors Hoffman......this is a lesson are not counting your chicks until the egss are hatched. The results will be interesting to see. Glad you caught this CNN!

    November 17, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  2. If my people, which are called by my name shall humble themselves,and pray,and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and will heal their land. 2 Chron. 7 S Callahan

    Uhh Mike....what most don't know is that the race WAS NOT certified with a winner...and DC was aware of this.

    November 17, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
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