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Posted at 10:22 AM ET, 12/ 8/2010

Republican Randy Altschuler concedes to New York Democratic Rep. Tim Bishop in final undecided House race

By Felicia Sonmez

The 2010 House election concluded more than a month after Election Day as Republican Randy Altschuler conceded this morning to Rep. Tim Bishop (D) in New York's 1st District.

With about 977 absentee ballots remaining uncounted, Bishop was leading Altschuler by more than 260 votes out of more than 194,000 cast.

Altschuler's camp also announced that it is dropping its legal challenges regarding the remaining uncounted absentee ballots. Altschuler's team had contended that many of the absentee ballots were invalid due to residency issues.

"After consulting with my family and campaign staff, I am ending my campaign and offering congratulations to Congressman Tim Bishop on his victory," Altschuler said in a statement. "Although Newsday, The New York Times and the Bishop campaign have all called for a hand recount of all the ballots cast on Election Day, I will not support such an action as I feel its cost will place an unnecessary burden on the taxpayers of Suffolk County."

Bishop's win was a bright spot for Democrats in New York state, where they lost six House seats in this year's midterms, more than in any other state.

With Altschuler's concession, Republicans' total gains in the 2010 midterms stand at 63 seats.

By Felicia Sonmez  | December 8, 2010; 10:22 AM ET
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