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During the routine recanvass in the days following the Nov. 3 election, errors in the vote count have narrowed Mr. Owens’s victory over Mr. Hoffman. The latest unofficial numbers show Owens with 68,963 votes, Hoffman with 65,787, and Dede Scozzafava, the Republican who dropped out, with 6,903 votes. That leaves Owens a lead of just 3,176 votes, not the 5,335-vote lead he had on Election Day.
According to Watertown Daily Times, which is located in the 23rd district and is following the recanvass closely, at least 7,178 absentee ballots have been turned in. By late Thursday afternoon, one of the 11 counties in that district, Hamilton, had yet to report how many absentee ballots it had. Federal and military absentee ballots have until Nov. 16 to be turned in.