Republican challenger concedes in nation's last unresolved House race
December 8th, 2010
10:27 AM ET
12 years ago

Republican challenger concedes in nation's last unresolved House race

(CNN) - Republican Randy Altschuler conceded his bid Wednesday to unseat Democratic Rep. Tim Bishop in New York's 1st congressional district, settling the nation's last unresolved House contest from the November midterm elections. Bishop's victory keeps the GOP net gain in the House at 63 seats.

That leaves the final breakdown for the 112th Congress at 242 Republicans and 193 Democrats. The 63-seat gain for the GOP is the largest for any party since 1948.

"After consulting with my family and campaign staff, I am ending my campaign and offering congratulations to Congressman Tim Bishop on his victory," said Altschuler in a written statement. "Although Newsday, The New York Times and the Bishop campaign have all called for a hand recount of all the ballots cast on Election Day, I will not support such an action as I feel its cost will place an unnecessary burden on the taxpayers of Suffolk County."

Bishop was initially ahead in the vote tally on Election Night, but Altschuler pulled ahead briefly as the counting continued, prompting the incumbent to call for a recount. Bishop pulled back ahead during the recount, but a number of legal challenges from the Altschuler campaign threatened to delay the vote-counting process and certification of the eventual winner. The Republican has dropped all challenges to any remaining ballots.

"As a Suffolk County native, I am honored to have the opportunity to continue representing our community," said Bishop. "I will continue to work hard for our community and cross party lines to make sure we deliver for Suffolk County."

Bishop lead Altschuler by just short of 300 votes, according to the last available unofficial vote tally. Final results will not be available until December 13.

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  1. Name king

    These relics does not give up easy, do they? The American people bought into their lies and hatred, and now we've got to deal with this sect for two years. These news outlets need set up a sight so that the common people can voice their opinions and stop letting these bloggers that are payed by the rich to spew their lies and ideologies that only support the upperclassman and the rich. Because that dont apply to the average American. Maybe if they had a program like that these simple minded Americans wouldn't be so easily convinced to vote against their own interest time and time again.'with these trained business talkers that woe you out of your clothe and sell it back to you, and you think it's a bargain. It's time America got educated because they are setting up this nation for a disaster with their ignorance.

    December 8, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  2. T'sah from Virginia

    Good old Suffolk County – and it got down to this?? Being a Native NYorker and living in Nassau County, I never thought Suffolk will be part of the battle of the 2010 elections. Oh well, I am happy to see that the Democrat won!!

    December 8, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  3. stufit

    Will I be allowed to "opt out" of Obama care like the corrupt unions that spent millions of dollars trying to convince a slimy democrat liberal congress and the weak minded (educated by the NEA) that it was so great????? Why are these corrupt, slimy, unions allowed to do this?

    December 8, 2010 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  4. Lynda/Minnesota

    "That leaves the final breakdown for the 112th Congress at 242 Republicans and 193 Democrats. The 63-seat gain for the GOP is the largest for any party since 1948."
    Congress is made up of 435 U.S. Representatives and 100 U.S. Senators. 50% are tax and spend Democrats, 50% are borrow and spend Republicans. Of that, 90% are continuously ragging against Obama over one thing or another. I suspect it has more to do with THEIR own inequities than HIS. Unfortunately, the country plays along with their greedy ambitions and then holds him accountable for their actions. We the voters continue to elect the same fools over and over again, and spend years grumbling.

    December 8, 2010 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  5. Nancy Pelosi, the wicked witch of the west, the DemocRAT gift that just keeps on giving

    So the Republicans lost 3 seats and won 63, not the mention the Senate seats picked up, the large number of governorships picked up, etc. Nov. 2nd was a TOTAL REJECTION of the DemocRATS liberal agenda lead by the Three Stooges: Obozo, Reid and Pelosi. Keep up the good work on the Progressive DESTRUCTION of the DemocRAT Party!! Obozo, Reid and Pelosi are the best thing to EVER happen to the republican Party.

    December 8, 2010 11:45 am at 11:45 am |

    It was such that we had a stranger from new jersey who irritated his party so much there he moved here and they FOLLOWED HIM with a terrible public letter outlining why he wasn't worthy of office. This person then proceeding to use his own millions and CHENEYPAC money from out of state to bombard our little venue with such hate and animosity. The entire experience was so overwhelmingly negative. ONly to end with 38 days of finding ways to throw out the votes of our neighbors and crying FOUL. Even the 'fair and balanced' news organization devoted so much time and money to make sure their candidate won. And today FINALLY it was their day before the judge to PUT UP OR SHUT UP about why all these votes should be thrown away and they had NOTHING. Nothing. Overwhelmingly negative experience for our community. Overwhelmingly.

    December 8, 2010 11:49 am at 11:49 am |