Recount confirms Democrat’s win, by 11 votes, for Pittsfield-area House seat

Posted Nov. 21, 2012, at 3:04 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — A vote recount conducted Tuesday night for a House race in the Pittsfield area has confirmed an 11-vote victory for Democrat Stanley Byron Short.

Tuesday’s recount found Short defeated his opponent, Republican Robert Engelhardt, 1,855-1,844 in the House District 29 race earlier this month. The pre-recount tally showed Short leading Engelhardt by 15 votes, 1,853-1,838.

Short and Engelhardt, both Pittsfield residents, were competing to replace outgoing Republican Rep. Stacey Fitts, who was unable to run for re-election because of Maine’s term limits law. House District 29 covers Pittsfield, Detroit and Clinton.

The secretary of state’s office has conducted 12 recounts out of 14 requested by losing candidates in two state Senate races, 11 state House races and one contest for Piscataquis County commissioner. None of the recounts conducted so far has changed a race’s outcome.

The remaining two recounts are scheduled for Monday, Nov. 26.

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