June 24, 2018
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Recount upholds DA election

By Rich Hewitt, BDN Staff

AUGUSTA, Maine — State election officials have confirmed Democrat Carletta M. Bassano as winner of the District Attorney District 7 race after a recount of ballots on Tuesday.

Results of the recount, supervised by officials from the Secretary of State’s Office, showed that Bassano remained the winner of the Nov. 2 election over Republican challenger Matthew J. Foster by a vote of 14,223 to 13,588, a margin of 635 votes.

Foster, who requested the recount, picked up 36 votes in the recount, while Bassano’s total increased by 35 votes from the unofficial results tallied Nov. 2.

According to Assistant Secretary of State Julie Flynn, the recount reviewed all of the ballots in Hancock County but only ballots from a handful of towns in Washington County before Foster conceded, ending the recount.

The third candidate in the district attorney race, Stephen Juskewitch, did not participate in the recount. His totals will remain the same as reported on election night. Juskewitch received 9,340 votes.

District 7 includes all of Hancock and Washington counties.

According to Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap, all candidate recounts have been completed, but there remains one ballot question recount, on Question 1 involving the proposed Oxford County Casino. Unofficial results from Election Day have voters approving the citizens initiative to bring a resort gambling facility to western Maine by a vote of 282,463 to 276,845, a difference of 5,628 votes.

That recount has been scheduled for 9 a.m. Thursday.

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