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UPDATE: Bishop Defeats Altschuler in Rematch

In New York's First Congressional District, Rep. Tim Bishop defeated Randy Altschuler in a rematch of 2010.

Two years after barely defeating Republican Randy Altschuler in a tight race, incumbent Rep. Tim Bishop defeated him again Tuesday, this time by a wider margin.

The victory, which Altschuler conceded, came at a wider margin than 2010, with Bishop holding above 52 percent of the vote based on unofficial results. 

"I wish the Congressman the very best in his efforts over the next couple of years," said Altschuler, speaking at The Emporium in Patchogue, who also thanked his crew of volunteers and staff.

According to unofficial results from the Suffolk County Board of Elections, Bishop has earned 132,525 votes over Altschuler's 121,478 votes, with all 472 election districts reporting.

"What I am going to say is that my opponnent may have had the guys with the big checks," said Bishop, referring to a flurry of outside spending this year. "But I had the guys with the big hearts ... And that's what they bet against. And we won because of all of you and all of those middle class families you fight for and I fight for.

  • Check here for a complete list of New York's Congressional and Senate race results.

Tuesday's rematch ended up much differently than the 2010 contest, which took 36 days after Election Day to call because it was so close. In that race, Bishop finally squeezed out a 593-vote victory, after nearly 200,000 voters cast their ballots in the race.

At the Islip Marriott, where Suffolk County Democrats held their party on election night, Bishop called the rematch between the two candidates “the most bruising and brutal campaign I’ve ever been a part of," citing what he called the personal nature of his opponents' attacks as well as the length of the campaign. 

Bishop said turnout seemed to be better than 2010, though not quite as high as 2008.

Though the last race between the two lasted until the following month, Bishop said he was hoping that this year’s outcome would be settled before the end of the night. 

He said about 23,000 absentee ballots have been filed in the race, 36 percent filed by Republicans and 34 percent by Democrats, though those numbers could not be immediately confirmed.

Many political observers have likened the Bishop-Altschuler race to the presidential one: both incumbent Democrats taking on a former businessman who previously sought the seat.

Name Votes Percent Tim Bishop (D) 132,525           52.1 Randy Altschuler (R) 121,478 47.8
Thomas Schmidt November 09, 2012 at 01:20 PM
Its great that you can link Bishop to Obama.....What I remember is that Bishop is a five time elected congressman...Someone give me 5 things that he DID for this district. I remember my son graduated Rocky Point HS in 2009 and Bishop was to speak to the graduates and didn't show! To me that and he ran a negative campaign as a five time incumbant is pathetic!
Meadow Lane November 09, 2012 at 02:08 PM
"A Nazi in the pocket is worth four in the Bush"...read the following article found on the web and tell me why you'd want to vote for the Republican-Nazi Party? There is much more information about the connections of the Bush family and their political climb to all sorts of "like-minded" supporters. Keep researching - you will be as SHOCKED and dismayed as I was. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article3255.htm Romney was heavily backed by the Koch brothers. What is their tie, if any, to the Bush doctrine? I think that it is important to know that the Koch brothers are backing segregation and the end to school busing in America...sound familiar? This will take our nation's strides for equality back 75 years. Think before you vote Republican...there's a Nazi in the woodshed.
Argile November 09, 2012 at 02:25 PM
There is poverty because people are regressing, not progressing. In my 20 years of experience you have no idea how many people have not learned their lesson. On their 3rd or 4th kid with no pot to piss in. Blame everyone else for not taking advantage of socialized education yet somehow have the determination to make sure they are on the government payroll and get that new iphone4 that just came out. You can't solve the problems because our government feeds into this. People like this exploit people like you. Believe me, these people know exactly what they're doing and the children suffer because of it.
Rich Reiman November 15, 2012 at 01:44 PM
ALL I CAN SAY IS CONGRATS TIM YOUR THE RIGHT MAN FOR THE JOB.AND HI ERIN!!!!
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