Victory for Bishop

Democratic incumbent beats Altchuler by more than 11,000 votes in Congressional rematch
Tim Bishop

            Democratic Representative Tim Bishop won a decisive victory in his Congressional rematch with Randy Altschuler. Unofficial results from the Suffolk County Board of Elections had him leading Mr. Altschuler by more than 11,000 votes.

            In 2010 he won re-election by fewer than 600 votes. Mr. Altschuler fought hard this election cycle, with significant superPAC backing, to harness voters’ frustrations with the Obama administration, and, in many ways, this Congressional race was cast in the same terms as the Presidential one, a tactic that ultimately proved unsuccessful for both Mr. Altschuler and Governor Mitt Romney. Mr. Altschuler questioned Mr. Bishop’s fund-raising ethics, called him a Nancy Pelosi crony, and criticized him for not creating more jobs on in the district. Mr. Bishop was often on the offensive, and his campaign again took up the outsourcing criticisms he leveled at Mr. Altschuler and his company Office Tiger in 2010.

            Mr. Bishop lost the Independence line this year to Mr. Altschuler, but ran also on the Working Families line, winning over 10,000 votes there. Mr. Altschuler got nearly 23,000 votes on the Independence and Conservative lines.

            In other races, State Senator Kenneth P. LaValle, a Republican, was the clear winner in his race, beating Bridget Fleming, a Southampton Town councilwoman, with more than 60 percent of the vote. Ms. Fleming conceded to Mr. LaValle late Tuesday. In a statement issued by e-mail, Ms. Fleming said, “This has been a tough, hard-fought campaign, I’m glad to have had the opportunity to debate the issues and I thanked Senator LaValle for his long service and his dedication to the district.” 

            The unofficial vote count was 45,568 for Ms. Fleming, who also ran on the Working Families line, and 69, 238 for Mr. LaValle, who was also on the Conservative and Independence lines.

            In the uncontested race for state assemblyman in the First District, 33,601 cast ballots for the longtime incumbent, Fred W. Thiele Jr.