Maybe Hoffman shouldn't have conceded? A recanvass shows the gap closing to 3,000 votes with 10,000 Absentee ballot to go! A Third Party Candidate closes to within 3,000 votes! Not so fast! Recanvass gives Hoffman hope in NY-23 - Glenn Thrush - POLITICO.com November 12, 2009 Not so fast! Recanvass gives Hoffman hope in NY-23 A recanvassing of votes cast in the highly contested NY-23 race shows that the 5,335-vote lead once enjoyed by Rep.-for-now Bill Owens, the Democrat, has narrowed to about 3,000 with another 10,000 absentee ballot uncounted. Owens, who was sworn in last week, was one of 220 Dems to vote give the majority a narrow victory on health care reform.