[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/10/23/art.hoffman.cnn.jpg caption="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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