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NY Republican on Potential 2012 Opponent: 'I Like His Show' 

Photo Courtesy - NBC / ABC News(NEW YORK) -- For a small indication of how campaigns never end, Republican Randy Altschuler has already drawn potential challengers for his House race in 2012 -- even before Altschuler is declared the winner in his 2010 race.

That challenger would be actor Alec Baldwin, who has mused about running for the House if Democratic Rep. Tim Bishop of New York loses his race on eastern Long Island. With Altschuler leading Bishop by fewer than 400 votes, Altschuler said he’s well aware of what’s waiting for him in 2012. 

“It’s Alec Baldwin -- I actually like his TV show. But apparently, and who knows if it’s true or not, sources close to him are saying if I am victorious, he's going to run against me in 2012,” Altschuler told ABC News on Tuesday.

Altschuler said his candidacy is proof that tea party energy can catch on with voters even in traditionally Democratic parts of the country.

“We have an active tea party here on eastern Long Island,” Altschuler said. “They were incredibly supportive of me during the campaign, so I think they're an important element of the electorate, and I think they have a lot in common with the Republican Party. And I think, you know, we need to take in account their opinions and their views. They represent a lot of the frustrations in Americans have across this country. So, I’m excited about their participation. I’m excited about their movement, and even here on Long Island, it’s been an important one.”

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