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Recount called off for N.H. Senate seat

Republicans keep their 13-11 majority

Republican Sen. David Boutin of Hooksett will keep his seat after a recount was called off yesterday in his 396-vote victory over Manchester Democrat Kathleen Kelley.

Kelley had asked for a recount in the District 16 race, but it was called off before it had been completed, according to the secretary of state’s office.

That means Republicans will keep their 13-11 majority in the state Senate, while Democrats are set to control the House with 221 votes to 179 for the GOP.

A total of 23 recounts were scheduled following the Nov. 6 election. The election-night outcomes were confirmed in two Senate races (including Boutin’s seat) and 18 House races. In two House districts, winners changed as a result of recounts.

Results weren’t posted last night in the final recount – the Cheshire County sheriff’s race.

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

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