Earlier this week, it appeared as if Saranac Lake accountant Doug Hoffman was closing in on Watertown businessman Matt Doheny in the race for the Republican line in New York’s 23rd Congressional District.
But with a final tally expected today, Doheny has actually widened his lead over Hoffman.
Jude Seymour of the Watertown Daily Times reports that Doheny now enjoys a 796-vote lead over Hoffman; 676 absentee votes still need to be counted.
Even if every absentee ballot goes in Hoffman’s favor, Doheny would still hold the majority.
Barring any major changes, Doheny will appear on both the Republican and Independence lines in this November’s election against Democratic incumbent Bill Owens.
Hoffman does have the Conservative line, but he’s yet to say whether he’ll stay in the race.