Court battle looms in outcome of NY House race

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Associated Press

Posted on November 9, 2010 at 7:04 PM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 9 at 7:35 PM

RIVERHEAD, N.Y. (AP) — A Democratic congressman trailing in a bid for a fifth term is heading to court to seek an election recount in New York's First Congressional District on eastern Long Island.

Timothy Bishop appeared to have about a 3,400-vote lead on Nov. 2, but a review by the Suffolk County Board of Elections found several reporting errors that resulted in a 383-vote lead for Republican Randy Altschuler. A board commissioner declined comment Tuesday.

Bishop's camp says that because the outcome is so close, all 184,000-plus votes should be recounted. There are also over 10,000 uncounted absentee ballots.

Lawyers for both sides met with a judge Tuesday to discuss a possible agreement on a recount. No deal was announced and a formal proceeding on the dispute is expected to go forward.

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