Nov 12, 2014 4:09 PM

Kevin Landrigan: Election recounts begin; no big changes on day one

With more than 500 elections getting decided every two years, recounts are inevitable.

This year is no different with Secretary of State Bill Gardner presiding over the review of ballots in 19 races

This exercise will pick new winners since three of the House races tied on Nov. 4.

"We get them more than half the time and I don't know if there has ever been an election with three ties, I know there hasn't been in the last half century, they may have never been,'' Gardner said.

They start today with this review of returns for a Lakes Region seat in the State Senate.

Teams of volunteers spent all day pouring over each ballot until Hosmer was again declared the winner.

Another three House candidates were declared winners after recounts, reaffirming their victories last week. They were Democrat Geoffrey Hirsch of Henniker, Republican David Long of Sutton who unseated Democrat Thomas Schamberg of Wilmot and Manchester Ward 9 Republican Victoria Sullivan.

"You know election recounts can be the political equivalent of watching paint dry. But they are very important here in an election which really confounded the experts, Democrats winning at the top of the ballot, Republicans at the bottom. From the State Archives Building in Concord, this is Kevin Landrigan, NH 1 News,'' he concluded.


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