November 13, 2012

Maine legislative recounts scheduled for 3 tight races

The Associated Press

AUGUSTA — State elections officials have scheduled several recounts in tight legislative races, including one in which the leading candidate is unofficially two votes ahead.

The recounts start Wednesday with House District 80 where Republican incumbent Melvin Newendyke holds a five-vote lead over Democratic challenger Rachel Sukeforth. The seat represents the towns of Wales, Monmouth and Litchfield.

The Sun Journal reports that a recount for House District 70 is scheduled for Thursday. Democratic challenger Wayne Werts holds a two-vote advantage over incumbent Republican Bruce Bickford. The seat represents parts of Auburn and Lewiston.

A recount for Senate District 17 is expected Friday. Republican incumbent Mason Garrett has a 33-vote lead over Democratic challenger Colleen Quint. The seat represents 10 communities including Lisbon, Livermore and Turner.

Recounts are open to the public.

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