NPR logo From Bishop To King: Democrat Keeps Seat In NY 01, All House Races Settled

From Bishop To King: Democrat Keeps Seat In NY 01, All House Races Settled

It took just over five weeks, but at last all House races have been settled.

In New York's First Congressional District, the eastern part of Long Island, Republican challenger Randy Altschuler has conceded to four-term Democratic incumbent Tim Bishop.

Altschuler, trailing by 263 votes, decided against forcing a hand recount of all 194,000-plus ballots.

It was a far cry from what Bishop faced in 2008.  Two years ago, he won re-election by some 45,000 votes.

With NY 01 settled, Republicans have picked up a net gain of 63 seats, and will control the House in the 112th Congress.

Meanwhile, the one remaining gubernatorial contest is about to come to a conclusion as well.  In Minnesota, reports say that GOP candidate Tom Emmer will announce this morning he is giving up his fight.  Mark Dayton, the Democratic candidate and a former U.S. senator, holds a lead of about 8,700 votes.

Dayton will be the first Democrat to win the Minnesota governorship since Rudy Perpich won re-election in 1986.

UPDATE: Emmer conceded this morning.



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