AUGUSTA, Maine — A Rockland Republican has squeaked by his rival in a GOP House primary decided by just two votes, the Maine Secretary of State’s office confirmed Tuesday in a recount.
Gordon Mank Jr. edged out rival James Raye 166-164 in the Republican primary for House District 47, which covers Rockland and part of Owls Head.
Just two votes separated the men in the unofficial tally after voting last Tuesday.
The initial count showed Mank had 165 votes and Raye had 163. Under Maine election law, a candidate can request a recount and not be charged for it if the difference between vote tallies amounts to less than 2 percent of all votes cast.
While the margin stayed the same after Tuesday’s recount, the candidates picked up one vote each in Rockland.
“I look forward to the race in the fall to represent my community,” said Mank, who operates the Mid-Coast Hospitality House homeless shelter in Rockport. “I’m very pleased with today’s outcome.”
Raye, a former Rockland mayor, said he will support Mank in the November election. “I hope he’ll be victorious,” he said.
However, Raye lamented the low voter turnout in the House District 47 race and other contests on last week’s ballot.
“Whenever you have a low turnout, it’s like playing a championship football game in the rain,” he said. “You’ve got to vote.”
Mank will face Rockland Democrat Elizabeth Dickerson in the November election.
The seat is currently held by Rep. Edward Mazurek, D-Rockland, who is running for the state Senate.