NEW YORK (AP) — In one of the nation’s tightest, undecided congressional races, a Long Island Democrat is clinging to a thin lead over his Republican challenger.

A spokesman for U.S. Rep. Tim Bishop said that with an initial count of absentee ballots complete, he now has a 235 vote edge over opponent Randy Altschuler.

The Altschuler campaign acknowledged the lead, but said it was only 234 votes.

Suffolk County election officials have not released a formal tally.

A state judge has yet to decide the fate of around 2,000 ballots that have been the subject of challenges by the two campaigns.

The two sides are due in court over the challenges next week.

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