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Hoffman concedes a 2nd time in NY House race

By Valerie Bauman, Associated Press
ALBANY, N.Y. -- The Conservative Party candidate conceded a race in upstate New York for a U.S. House of Representatives seat for the second time Tuesday, saying he doesn't have enough votes.

Last week, Doug Hoffman withdrew his election night concession to Democratic Rep. Bill Owens, saying the race was close enough that absentee ballots could change the outcome.

Now Hoffman says he has no hope of winning.

The final ballot count hasn't been tallied and certified, but Owens was leading Hoffman Tuesday by about 3,000 votes out of more than 136,000 cast.

Owens was sworn in Nov. 6.

Hoffman had started the race as a long-shot candidate labeled as a spoiler. With support from big-name Republicans including Sarah Palin, Hoffman built enough support to force the Republican Party's candidate out of the race.

Hoffman sent a letter to supporters last week seeking money for a legal challenge of the outcome. The Federal Election Commission said recount funds are legal, but the contributions would have to meet campaign finance limits, and if the money isn't used for a recount it would have to be refunded.

A spokesman for Hoffman said the campaign didn't know whether it had received any funds or would be returning any money.

The rural upstate region had been represented by Republicans for more than a century.

By Web Politics Editor  |  November 24, 2009; 5:23 PM ET
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Where are all you Hannities and Palinites and Becker-Peckers now?

Posted by: sasquatchbigfoot | November 24, 2009 5:48 PM | Report abuse

Hahahahahaha. It couldn't happen to a nicer guy. What a maroon.

Posted by: OliverKlozov | November 24, 2009 6:10 PM | Report abuse

What happened to the Dems "stealing" the race???
I thought the count didn't matter, and that Hoffman was going to expose some nefarious activity - or was that just more republican lying?

Posted by: jeffc6578 | November 24, 2009 7:03 PM | Report abuse

Hoffman is a carbon copy of Palin. He cannot make up his mind.

Posted by: truth1 | November 24, 2009 7:08 PM | Report abuse

Oh I hope the Republicans find lots and lots of Hoffman's to run in 2010. A couple of Michele Bachman's would be nice also. A sprinkling of Palin wannabes would be okay. Let the Republicans sink to new lows in intellect. Let the US be reminded of the generous stupidity that the conservatives bring to table.

Posted by: merrylees | November 24, 2009 7:19 PM | Report abuse

You have to laugh that a couple of people here are crowing about a Democrat beating an independent after the Republican dropped out.

Posted by: Ombudsman1 | November 24, 2009 8:30 PM | Report abuse

oh, so he's letting ACORN have this one.

What an idiot. He can't even come up with original conservative outrage

Posted by: j762 | November 24, 2009 8:38 PM | Report abuse

Ombudsman1 said: "You have to laugh that a couple of people here are crowing about a Democrat beating an independent after the Republican dropped out.'

A couple of facts:
Hoffman was not an Independent. He ran on the Conservative Party ticket - a major party in Ny that has elected statewide officials several times.
The Republicans have held the seat since the 1870's by 60% margins in recent years. The Conservative could not get the Republican vote because NY conservatives are moderates.
Hofmann three days ago announced that ACORN and the Democrats had stolen the election and he had proof. He's just another rightwing nut with more ideology than integrity.

Posted by: djah | November 24, 2009 9:12 PM | Report abuse

Sign the 10 points conservative plan introduced without Steele the token chairman's approval. Let's get more of those and the republican party will be history.

Posted by: info22 | November 24, 2009 9:39 PM | Report abuse

Without a two party system, WE all will be history! A little history of the last century should throw a little light on what to look forward to under a one party rule!

Posted by: us1156 | November 25, 2009 12:57 PM | Report abuse

I'm guessing Hoffman will be a featured speaker at the upcoming Teabagger Convention. Should be quite the fun-filled gathering. Non-white attendees will meet in a broom closet (there will still be plenty of room for the brooms).

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | November 25, 2009 1:59 PM | Report abuse

"You have to laugh that a couple of people here are crowing about a Democrat beating an independent after the Republican dropped out."

Please, numbnutz. No one is falling for your "oh, no big deal" spew. Hoffman:

1. was the Conservative Party nominee, not an "independent,"
2. got the Republican endorsement after Scozzafava dropped out,
3. was backed by Sarah Palin and many other rightwing luminaries, including many elected Republican officials, and
4. got hundreds of thousands of dollars from the Club for Growth.

So let the crowing begin, loserboy.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | November 25, 2009 2:03 PM | Report abuse

The Palin's, Limbaugh's, Beck's and Hannity's should understand they cannot jump into local elections where they haven't been invited. From all I have read, Hoffman wasn't even well versed on local issues or living in the district. How can someone like Palin decide she knows what is best for a district in New York? She was the first to announce her endorsement of Hoffman, the others followed. I'm glad to see it bit them in the butt and the democrat won. Lets hope they keep it up and the democrats keep winning.

Posted by: alaskan2 | November 25, 2009 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Let the GOP have its cherished purity, reject its moderate candidates, and sign its "ten points of purity" proclamations. Let them enjoy the wilderness.

Actually, as a centrist, I regret that there are (apparently) no thoughtful conservatives around to enrich our national discussion. Gotta tell you, I just don't see one . . .

Posted by: post_reader_in_wv | November 29, 2009 3:58 PM | Report abuse

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