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GOP picks up House seat in recount as O’Brien, Mann, others hold on to wins

Last modified: 11/16/2012 3:16:08 PM
Deerfield Democratic Rep.-elect Maureen Mann and soon-to-be former Speaker Bill O’Brien were among a number of state representatives who saw their electoral victories confirmed yesterday by recounts.

Republicans did pick up one House seat yesterday as recounts were conducted in five districts, though results from one of the districts weren’t immediately available. That left the chamber’s political makeup at 221 Democrats and 179 Republicans.

Recounts are scheduled today through Tuesday in 11 additional House districts, the race for Cheshire County sheriff and in Senate District 16, where Republican Sen. David Boutin of Hooksett defeated Manchester Democrat Kathleen Kelley by 396 votes. That last recount, set for Tuesday, could shift the balance of power in the narrowly divided Senate, which now has 13 Republicans and 11 Democrats.

In a single-seat district covering Candia, Deerfield, Northwood and Nottingham, Mann defeated Republican Don Gorman, also of Deerfield, in the Nov. 6 election by 13 votes. After the ballots were counted again, she had 4,740 votes to his 4,719, a 21-vote margin of victory.

O’Brien, a Mont Vernon Republican, is set to lose his leadership post when the new legislative session begins. But he’ll keep his seat, and saw his margin of victory widen a bit yesterday after the ballots were hand-counted at the Legislative Office Building.

On election night, Democrat David Woodbury of New Boston and O’Brien won in a two-seat district covering Mont Vernon and New Boston with 2,263 and 2,110 votes, respectively. They were trailed by Democrat Kary Jencks of New Boston and Mont Vernon Republican Bob Mead, who had 2,043 and 1,913 votes, respectively.

O’Brien’s 67-vote margin over Jencks widened to 70 votes yesterday, as the new count found Woodbury finishing with 2,261 votes, followed by O’Brien with 2,112, Jencks with 2,042 and Mead with 1,916.

Also recounted yesterday were ballots from a two-seat district representing Manchester’s Ward 6, a three-seat district representing Newfields and Newmarket, and a 10-seat district representing Derry.

Results weren’t available yesterday evening from the Derry recount, and there was no change in the Manchester district’s winners. In the Seacoast district, two Newmarket Democrats, Rep. Marcia Moody and Michael Cahill, saw their Nov. 6 victories confirmed.

But Democrat William Connery of Newmarket had come in third, just eight votes ahead of incumbent Republican Rep. Adam Schroadter, also of Newmarket. After the recount, Schroadter led Connery by 15 votes and had won re-election.

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


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