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Nov 21, 2016 5:11 PM

NH1 News Reports: Hosmer concedes in District 7 State Senate election contest

NH1 News Political Director

CONCORD – Thirteen days after Election Day, the final contest in battle for New Hampshire’s state Senate is over.

Democratic state Sen. Andrew Hosmer of District 7 spoke by phone Monday and conceded to his Republican challenger, state Rep. Harold French.

The Democratic lawmaker from Laconia trailed French by just 13 votes out of more than 27,000 cast, according to the certified results from the Secretary of State’s office from the Nov. 8 election. After a recount last Wednesday, Hosmer trailed French by 17 votes.

Members of Hosmer campaign team met the next day with New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner to discuss disputed votes. And after meeting Monday morning with Laconia city officials, to discuss discrepancies in the results in ward 5, the two-term state senator conceded.

“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.

“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,” he added.

Even though he lost re-election, Hosmer said he wants to stay involved as a community leader.

“There is an incredible amount of important work to be done in our state, especially when it comes to combating the opioid crises, education funding, and restoring aid to cities and towns. I look forward to continuing my work alongside community leaders to finding innovative, common sense solutions that will make the Granite State healthier and safer,” he said.

Last week, after the recount, the top Republican in state Senate, President Chuck Morse of Salem, welcomed French to the chamber.

"I want to congratulate Senator-Elect Harold French for his hard-fought election and enduring patience and officially welcome him to the Senate. I know Senator-Elect French will work hard for the citizens he represents and I look forward to working with him and the rest of the Senate as we formally begin the 2017-18 Legislative Session in a few weeks,” Morse wrote in a statement Wednesday night.

Hosmer’s defeat means the GOP will continue to control the state Senate by a 14-10 margin.

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

WATCH/READ: State Senate President Chuck Morse talks 1-on-1 with NH1 News

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