Conservative Republicans haven’t yet given up hope of ousting Rep. Tim Bishop from his seat in NY-1, even though the veteran Democratic Long Islander just weathered his second tough challenge in two years.

The challenger in question, businessman Randy Altschuler, did not perform as well against Bishop in this past election as he did back in 2010 – even though (or perhaps because?) he had to fight his way through a three-way GOP primary before turning his attention to his true, general election target.

In 2010, Altschuler did not concede to Bishop until Dec. 8, and he ended up losing by 593 votes. Prior to the November election, he handily defeated his two primary challengers – Christopher Nixon Cox (son of state GOP Chairman Ed Cox) and George Demos.

In this year’s election, Altschuler was expected to do better because he had local GOP and Conservative chairs united behind him. He also had the Independence Party line, which had delivered some 7,000 votes to Bishop in 2010. Yet on election night, Bishop won a clear victory, beating Altschuler by more than 11,000 votes.

There have been rumblings of a third attempt by the self-funding businessman at taking out Bishop in 2014. His name recognition is arguably high, following two back-to-back congressional campaigns. Plus, he won’t have the additional challenge of higer-than-usual Democratic turnout caused by the presidential race.

But the conservative Patriot for Freedom PAC wants to nip any thought Altschuler has of running again in the bud, and commissioned a poll to demonstrate that he’s not a viable contender for 2014.

“Had Altschuler won Republican votes with the same majority that Bishop won Democrat votes, the election would have swung by over 7 percentage points in favor of Altschuler,” the poll memo states. “Altschuler’s failure to win Republican votes likely cost him the election.”

“…Randy Altschuler remains unelectable. He has no electoral future in New York’s First District. His record of outsourcing remains the dominant issue to voters across thepolitical spectrum. He cannot win a significant majority of Republican votes, and hasalmost no crossover appeal.This poll proves an Altschuler-Bishop matchup in 2014 would have the same result.”

NY1 Poll Memo