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Recounts expected in several close State House races

(FILE PHOTO) Representatives cast votes during a session earlier in the year. Several candidates for the state legislature filed for recounts following Tuesday night election results.  

(ANDREA MORALES/ Monitor staff)

(FILE PHOTO) Representatives cast votes during a session earlier in the year. Several candidates for the state legislature filed for recounts following Tuesday night election results. (ANDREA MORALES/ Monitor staff) Purchase photo reprints at PhotoExtra »

Don Gorman lost his House race to Democrat Maureen Mann by 13 votes out of 9,465 cast, or a margin of 0.14 percent. He hopes that might change in a recount, and filed for one yesterday.

“That’s about as thin as you can get,” said Gorman, a Deerfield Republican and former Libertarian state representative.

The deadline for state candidates to file for recounts following Tuesday’s election is today at 5 p.m. Nine recounts had been filed as of yesterday afternoon, and the full list will be announced today, according to the secretary of state’s office.

State law allows candidates to file for a recount if the margin of victory is less than 20 percent. If the margin is greater than 3 percent, the candidate must pay the entire cost of the recount; otherwise, recount fees range from $10 to $2,000 depending on the margin of victory and office sought.

Mann is also from Deerfield. She and Gorman ran for a seat representing Candia, Deerfield, Northwood and Nottingham.

Pending recounts, Democrats on Tuesday won 222 seats in the House to 178 for the Republicans, according to the Associated Press. That’s a big reversal from two years ago, when the GOP won a nearly 3-1 margin in the House.

In Senate District 9, Democrat Lee Nyquist of New Boston filed Wednesday for a recount in his narrow loss to Republican Andy Sanborn of Bedford. Sanborn, owner of The Draft in Concord, had 15,478 votes to 15,225 for Nyquist – a 253-vote margin.

That recount could decide the state Senate, where Republicans are set to hold a slender 13-11 majority. If Nyquist wins the seat, Democrats and Republicans would be tied at 12 seats apiece.

Nyquist said yesterday that he hadn’t heard when the recount would be conducted, but that he expects it will come next week.

At least one close local race won’t be getting a second look.

Nancy Heath, an Epsom Democrat, lost to Epsom Republican Rep. Carol McGuire by 141 votes. Voters in Allenstown, Epsom and Pittsfield gave the incumbent McGuire 3,129 votes to 2,988 for Heath.

But Heath said yesterday she doesn’t plan to file for a recount.

“I hadn’t even thought about it. . . . I won’t,” she said.

(Ben Leubsdorf can be reached at 369-3307 or bleubsdorf@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @BenLeubsdorf.)

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