Brooksville Democrat wins in Maine House recount

Posted Nov. 17, 2010, at 6:56 p.m.

AUGUSTA — Maine election officials say a Democrat has retained his Election Day win for a Maine House of Representatives seat.

Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap says a recount of results from House District 37 on Wednesday confirmed that Ralph Chapman of Brooksville was the winner. His Republican opponent, Madeleine Gay Leach of Castine, re-quested the recount after unofficial results indicated that she lost the election.

The recount determined that 2,266 votes were cast for Chapman, 35 more than the number cast for Leach. It leaves Republicans with a 78-72 majority over Democrats in the House, where one independent was also elected.

Four candidate recounts now have been completed. Two candidate recounts and one on the statewide ballot question on casino gambling remain to be completed.

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