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Conversely, Hoffman said he will continue his candidacy with a new resolve, noting Doheny out-spent him 12-to-1 and had the support of all 11 party chairmen, yet only won by "a few hundred votes."

"Understand, I do not continue this race out of spite or because of self-conceived virtues," said Hoffman. "I continue in this race because of the failings of my opponents to be truthful with the voters."

Hoffman won the endorsement of Conservative Party leaders early in the race and is guaranteed that line on the ballot. Doheny will appear on both the Republican and Independence Party lines.

Doheny said his win in the primary "sends a clear message," and by uniting people in each of the three parties, he "will be the clear and chosen winner on Nov. 2."

Echoing Doheny, Lee said right-leaning voters will be wise enough to unite behind one candidate in order to reduce government spending and Hoffman's run in the general election isn't likely to have the same splitting effect it did in 2009.

"I don't think that's going to happen," said Lee. "I think the Conservative voters are going to say, 'Yeah, if we stay with Mr. Hoffman, we're just going to be right where we are right now ... and we don't want that.'"

Doheny conceded a lack of votes in Clinton, Essex, and Franklin counties, and suggested the Upstate New York TEA Party's endorsement of Hoffman may have played a role in that. Still, he expressed intent to concentrate his efforts more in this part of the district.

"We'll be back here as much as humanly possible between now and Nov. 2 to make sure the public has an opportunity to see me and to hear our message and to understand I am the one candidate who can change the direction in the 23rd District."

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