Absentee Ballots Hold Key to Deciding L.I. Race

Fewer than 400 votes separate the candidates

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    Randy Altschuler for Congress
    Randy Altschuler

    More than 10,000 absentee ballots appear to hold the key to deciding a tight New York congressional race in which fewer than 400 votes separate the candidates in a Long Island district.

    The Associated Press called the race for incumbent Democrat Timothy Bishop the 1st Congressional District winner on election night, when he had a 3,400-vote lead over Republican challenger Randy Altschuler.

    That call was withdrawn Wednesday after a review of voting machines by the Suffolk County Board of Elections showed Altschuler leading, 92,702 to 92,319.

    Bishop wants a judge to order a full recount, but Altschuler's side has balked.

    The deadline for absentee ballots was Tuesday; military members have until Nov. 24, although all ballots must have been postmarked by Nov. 1.