Legislative races vulnerable to recounts due to close margins

Posted Nov. 07, 2012, at 7:53 a.m.
Last modified Nov. 07, 2012, at 10:52 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — Democrats in Maine retook control of both chambers of the Legislature after Tuesday’s elections, though close margins in many of the races will certainly lead to recounts.

In Maine, a recount can be requested if the margin between the top two candidates is less than 1 percent of the total number of votes cast in the race. If the margin is greater than 1 percent, a losing candidate can request a recount by filing a written request with the Secretary of State within five business days after the election. The candidate must file a deposit of $500 if the margin is within 2 percent and 4 percent, and $1,000 if the margin is greater than 4 percent. No deposit is required if the margin is less than 2 percent.

Races decided by less than 2 percent with 100 percent of precincts reporting:

— In Maine Senate District 17, incumbent Republican Garrett Paul Mason appeared to lose to Democrat Colleen Quint by a margin of 77 votes.

— In Senate District 20, Democrat Christopher Johnson won over Republican Rep. Leslie Fossel by 126 votes.

— In House District 4, Republican Carol McElwee won in a three-way race by 45 votes. Independent Mark Goughan came in second.

— In House District 29 in the Pittsfield area, Democrat Stanley Byron Short won by 15 votes over Republican Robert G. Englehardt. The District 29 seat was previously held by Republican Stacey Fitts.

— In House District 30, Republican Lawrence Lockman won over Democrat Dennis Mahar by 84 votes.

— In House District 41 in the Searsport area, incumbent Republican James S. Gillway won by 11 votes over Democrat Meredith Ares.

— In House District 45 in the Palermo area, incumbent Republican R. Ryan Harmon lost to Democrat Brian L. Jones by 26 votes.

— In House District 51 in the Damariscotta area, Democrat Michael Gilbert Devin edged Republican Alan Pinkham by just 82 votes. The seat was previously held by Republican Jonathan B. McKane.

— In House District 54 in the Winslow area, incumbent Republican Susan E. Morissette lost to Democrat Catherine M. Nadeau by 33 votes.

— In House District 70 in the Auburn area, incumbent Republican Bruce A. Bickford won by just four votes over Democrat R. Wayne Werts.

— In House District 80, Republican incumbent Melvin Newendyke lost to Democrat Rachel Sukeforth by 92 votes.

— In House District 94 in the Buckfield area, incumbent Democrat Theresa M. Hayes lost to Republican Timothy G. Turner by seven votes.

— In House District 96 in the Turner area, incumbent Republican Jeffrey L. Timberlake won by 85 votes over Democrat Lawrence G. Sirois.

— In House District 109 in the North Yarmouth area, incumbent Democrat Anne P. Graham won over Republican Susan M. Austin by 29 votes.

— In House District 127 in Scarborough, incumbent Republican Amy Volk was re-elected by just 18 votes.

— In House District 128 in Scarborough, incumbent Republican Heather Sirocki narrowly won re-election over Democrat Jean-Marie Caterina by 116 votes.

— In House District 137 in Biddeford, Republican William Guay bested Democrat Alan Casavant by 8 votes.

— In House District 144, which includes parts of Lebanon and Sanford, Republican Daniel John Archambault edged Democrat William Noon by 68 votes.

CORRECTION:

An earlier version of this story incorrectly indicated that Maine will automatically recount races with a margin of less than 1 percent. Maine has no automatic recount law.

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