AUGUSTA, Maine — Two incumbent Republican representatives who came out of last Tuesday’s elections with five-vote leads over their Democratic opponents prevailed Wednesday in official vote recounts.
Rep. Melvin Newendyke of Litchfield and Rep. Amy Volk of Scarborough both emerged from recounts Wednesday with their narrow leads intact.
Newendyke’s lead over Democratic challenger Rachel Sukeforth, also of Litchfield, was cut to four votes following an official recount at the state Department of Public Safety headquarters. The final vote total was 2,459 for Newendyke to 2,455 for Sukeforth, according to Megan Sanborn of the secretary of state’s office.
Volk’s lead over Democrat Paul Aranson widened to 12 votes. The final vote total was 2,728 for Volk to 2,716 for Aranson, according to the secretary of state’s office.
The recount results confirm that Newendyke and Volk will return to the Maine House next month. Both will be serving their second term in the chamber.
State election officials were slated to conduct one other recount late Wednesday for a race in which incumbent Democratic Rep. Terry Hayes of Buckfield was leading her Republican challenger, Timothy Turner of Buckfield, by 34 votes.
The three recounts scheduled for Wednesday were among 14 statewide that losing candidates requested for their legislative races following close outcomes last Tuesday. Recounts were requested for 12 House races and two Senate races.
Losing candidates had to submit recount requests by 5 p.m. Wednesday. Nine had submitted requests by midday Tuesday.
Democrats were behind in three of the races and Republicans behind in the other 11.
Three of the remaining recounts have been scheduled for Thursday and one for Friday.