Assigned Reading: Hoffman ‘unconcedes’ in N.Y.-23 House race
(FROM: The Hill)
As some of our readers have already pointed out, independent conservative Doug Hofman has “unconceded” (I don’t think that’s a technical term) in the NY-23 race.
Hoffman appeared on conservative commenatator Glenn Beck’s radio show this afternoon. Beck asked the him if he would “unconcede.”
“Yes, if I knew this information at the election night, I would not have conceded,” Hoffman said. Beck asked him again if he was “unconceding” and Hoffman replied, “If that’s possible, yes.”
There are over 10,000 absentee ballots to be counted, and it’s possible that Hoffman could end up winning the race, but to do that 65% of those ballots would have to go to him. That’s unlikely, especially since Republican candidate Dede Scozzafava pulled out late in the race after many of the absentee ballots may have been cast.
Of course I’m hoping for a Hoffman come-from-behind upset, but no matter what happens the stage is being set for a showdown in 2010. Bill Owen’s lead has already been cut from 5,000 votes to 3,000 votes and will probably shrink farther. If this is how well an unabashed conservative can do in a liberal/moderate race in New York, the GOP should take note for races across the nation.
If they don’t, there might just be a few more conservative independents where Hoffman came from.