Republican Concedes in Long Island House Race

Contest had been last undecided race in nation

Wednesday, Dec 8, 2010  |  Updated 9:46 AM EDT
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Republican Concedes in Long Island House Race

Randy Altschuler for Congress

Randy Altschuler

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A spokesman for Republican Randy Altschuler says the businessman has conceded to Democratic Rep. Tim Bishop in a long contested congressional race in eastern Long Island.      

Altschuler spokesman Rob Ryan says the candidate has decided against forcing a hand recount in the 1st Congressional District. Bishop has a 263-vote lead. That was the last undecided House race in the nation.      

Altschuler called Bishop early Wednesday to concede.      

Ryan says about 977 absentee ballots are left to be counted. More than 194,000 votes were cast.      

This will be Bishop's fifth term in Congress.    

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