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Candidate is 'unconceding'

November 18, 2009|Times Wire Reports

Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman has withdrawn his concession in a close special election for a U.S. House seat, and New York officials have begun counting paper ballots.

Hoffman's opponent, Democrat Bill Owens, was sworn in after he was declared the winner of the Nov. 3 election. Hoffman said on Glenn Beck's national radio show that he was "unconceding" the race.

The latest results showed Owens ahead by 3,026 votes, not counting more than 7,400 absentee and military ballots. Counts on those and other paper ballots are underway. In early counts from the four of 11 counties that have reported, Hoffman gained a net 214 votes over Owens, although he remained behind overall.

Hoffman spokesman Rob Ryan said there was a chance the outcome could change, but he conceded it was "a long shot."

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