Three Statehouse seats await recounts

While the new batch of legislators gears up for the start of the 2013 session, six lawmaker hopefuls are still waiting to hear whether or not they clinched a seat under the golden dome. Incumbent Republican Mark Higley and Katherine Sims, who ran on the Progressive and Democratic ticket, won’t know the final outcome of their race for an Orleans House seat until Dec. 5. The Orleans Superior Court expects to begin and complete the recount on this day. Higley came out 33 votes ahead of Sims in the original tally.

The Franklin Superior Court has two recounts in its docket for Nov. 29 — a Franklin Senate seat and a St. Albans House seat — but James Pelkey, court operations manager, says that it could take as long as three days to re-tally the roughly 16,000 votes that came in. Republican Dustin Degree, who lost by 26 votes to Democrat Don Collins in the Senate race, requested the recount.

The Franklin Court is also revisiting the vote count for Republican Casey Toof and Democrat Mike McCarthy, who battled it out for a St. Albans House seat. The current total has McCarthy 20 votes ahead of Toof.

Alicia Freese

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