In bad news for Republicans and reporters working a certain beat, this morning Randy Altschuler conceded to Rep. Tim Bishop, Democrat of New York. Thus ends the nation’s final outstanding House race as well as Eric Cantor’s dreams of building a GOP minyan (Republican Jews in the House and Senate include just Cantor and Rep.-elect Nan Hayworth, of New York). [UPDATE: Hayworth is not Jewish, but considers herself an “honorary Jew” because she is married to one.]
Simchat Democracy (otherwise known as Election Day) had closed with Bishop the apparent winner, but days later, Altschuler claimed the lead when it was discovered that a voting machine (no doubt an anti-Semitic one) had under-reported the number of ballots cast. The campaigns were due in court today to continue sorting through the remaining 1,000 challenged votes before Altschuler issued his concession.
As his name perhaps suggests, Bishop is not Jewish.