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Hoffman un-un-unconcedes the NY-23 special election.

By Alex Seitz-Wald on November 19, 2009 at 10:37 am

"Hoffman un-un-unconcedes the NY-23 special election."

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On Monday, ThinkProgress reported that failed Conservative Party candidate had rescinded his concession to Democrat Bill Owens in the NY-23 special congressional election. The next day, however, Hoffman’s spokesman said he was un-conceding the race, adding that they weren’t planning on challenging the results. Now, alleging widespread voter fraud at the hands of ACORN and labor unions, Hoffman is again taking back his concession. From a statement posted on his website last night:

As evidence surfaces, we find out that reported results from election night were far from accurate. ACORN and the unions did their best to try and sway the results to Obamacare supporter Bill Owens. [...]

Rest assured, they will not succeed, and I am therefore revoking my statement of concession.

But as Politico’s Josh Kraushaar notes, “Hoffman currently faces next-to-no chance of pulling ahead,” as he would “need to win nearly 80 percent of the outstanding absentee ballots to win.” The Jefferson County Republican elections commissioner said that Hoffman’s allegations were “absolutely false.”

Update

Oswego County GOP Chairman George Williams is saying that Hoffman’s assertion “is not accurate” because he personally “roamed the county on Election Day and saw no evidence of tampering.”

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