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After recount, Andrew Hosmer concedes state Senate race to Harold French


Monday, November 21, 2016

Andrew Hosmer has conceded the District 7 state Senate race to Republican Harold French, who won a recount that widened his winning margin to 17 votes. 

Hosmer, a two-term Democrat from Laconia, is the only incumbent senator to lose his seat in the recent election. Republicans maintained control of the chamber with a 14 to 10 margin. 

“Serving the people of New Hampshire in the state Senate has been one the greatest honors of my life. I would like to congratulate Harold French on his victory and wish him the very best in this first term,” Hosmer said in a statement released Monday afternoon. “Additionally, I would like to thank the Laconia City Clerk’s office for their diligent work over the past 5 days to help address discrepancies that were identified over the course of this extremely close recount.”

The recount wrapped last week, but Hosmer didn’t concede, citing a discrepancy in ballots cast in Laconia. French, of Franklin, is an auctioneer. 

District 7 includes Andover, Belmont, Boscawen, Canterbury, Franklin, Gilford, Laconia, Northfield, Salisbury, and Webster.

Allie Morris