Two Congressional Races in New York Remain Too Close to Call

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The campaign of Long Island Rep. Tim Bishop (D-NY1) is calling for a manual recount of ballots after election officials admitted last week to a mistake in the vote count that has upended the race outcome.

Bishop, a four-term incumbent, had led the race by about 3,400 votes, a slim margin but enough to be declared winner by the Associated Press last Wednesday. But officials at the Suffolk County Board of Elections said they discovered Friday that the unofficial tally was off by almost 4,000 votes, and that a routine check of voting machines showed that Bishop was in fact trailing Republican challenger Randy Altshuler by almost 400 votes. 

Jon Schneider, a spokesperson for Rep. Bishop’s campaign, says his office will ask a state Supreme Court judge for a full recount tomorrow. Mr. Altschuler’s campaign has not yet returned a request for comment.

About 11,000 absentee and affidavit ballots have yet to be counted. That process is expected to begin later this week, after an audit of randomly selected voting machines as required by state election law. The election results must be certified by November 24.

Another New York congressional race remains too close to call. Tea Party-backed Republican Ann Buerkle leads Rep. Dan Maffei (D-NY25) by 659 votes, but thousands of absentee and provisional ballots are yet to be counted.

If Republicans hold on to their current leads in the 1st and 25th districts, they'll gain seven House seats from New York this year, giving the GOP nine of the state's 29 House seats.