Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman late Monday offered words of hope to those wondering if he can still win in the New York special House election.
Hoffman took to Twitter to invoke the gold medal-winning 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey team hours after he declared he "unconceded" in the state's 23rd district. Hoffman's words came after reports showed Rep. Bill Owens (D) lead shrank from 5,335 votes to 3,026 after recanvassing in the districts.
Reporters want to know if I think I can still win this race. Remember I was a part of the 1980 Miracle on Ice. I believe in miracles. #ny23
The "Miracle on Ice" team of young American players upset the Soviet hockey team -- then considered the best in the world -- by a score of 4-3 in the medal round. The U.S. went on to defeat Finland to win the gold medal. According to his campaign bio, Hoffman served as Assistant Controller, then Corporate Controller of the 1980 Olympic Organizing Committee. That year the Games were held in Lake Placid, N.Y., close to where Hoffman was raised.
Hoffman would likely need a miracle of similar proportions to achieve victory this year. Approximately 10,000 absentee ballots were distributed that still need to be counted. Should all of the ballots be returned, Hoffman would need to take over 65 percent of them to win the election. Republican candidate Dede Scozzafava's name was on the absentee ballots as well.
Scozzafava dropped out of the race three days before Election Day citing poor fundraising and polling. Scozzafava then endorsed Owens, who won and was sworn in on Nov. 6, a day before the House voted to pass healthcare reform legislation.
Should Hoffman win, Owens would have to step down from his seat in Congress. Owens' swearing-in, though, was legal since Hoffman conceded on Election Night. Hoffman has admitted that winning is still a "long shot."