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Hoffman to Decide About N.Y. 23 Challenge This Weekend

Doug Hoffman will likely make a decision “over the weekend” about whether or not he will challenge the results of the New York 23rd district special election, the Conservative Party candidate’s spokesman said.

Hoffman conceded to Bill Owens (D) after election night returns on Nov. 4 showed a comfortable margin for the latter. Owens has since been sworn in to Congress.

But amid absentee ballot counting and allegations of voting machine glitches, Hoffman decided to un-concede earlier this week. His Web site home page now declares “Election Day is NOT over” and encourages supporters to donate. Hoffman’s campaign plans to “take a close look” at the count once the last batch of absentee and overseas ballots have been tallied, “hopefully today,” said spokesman Rob Ryan.