Return to NY-23? Owen’s Lead Shrinks, Absentee Ballots Watched


Speaking of repeats, we may have to return our attention to NY-23 again, as Dave Weigel reports that some recanvassing of ballots may call the result of that hilarious race — in which the Republican quit and endorsed the Democrat to thwart the Conservative — into question. After a second look at balloting in the district, “Winner” Bill Owens’ lead has been dropped from 5,335 votes to 3,026. And there are about 10,000 absentee ballots yet to be tallied.

Hoffman’s people are keeping an eye on it (and their own tally) but not getting their hopes up — whether because their confidence was so bitterly answered on election night, or because the new conservative talking point is that the defeat was a great thing for the movement, we can’t say.

Owens was sworn in shortly after the election, so if Hoffman’s count winds up higher than his, the ensuing uproar should more than make up for the overturn of a week’s worth of conventional wisdom.