Democrats Still Hold 79-72 Majority In House After Recounts
Three recounts in House of Representative races have been completed and, in each case, the one leading after Election Night on Nov. 8 won the race.
In the 103rd District, which includes parts of Cheshire, Wallingford and Southington. Democrat Liz Linehan won by 79 votes, 5,637 to 5,356 for her Republican challenger, Andrew Falvey.
Linehan was 54 votes ahead of Falvey after Election Day – and before the recount.
In the 53rd District, which includes Ashford, Tolland, and Willington incumbent Republican Sam Belsito who receive 6,385 votes topped Democrat Susan Eastwood, who garnered 6,337 votes.
Belsito picked up one more vote after the recount, bringing his margin of victory to 48 votes.
Democrat James Albis retained his 99th District House seat, albeit by a slim 9 votes after a recount.
Albis won the seat 5,004 votes to 4,995 from Republican challenger ‘Big’ Steve Tracey.
Under Connecticut law, recounts are required in legislative races if the margin of victory is less than one-half of 1 percent of votes cast for that office or less than 20 votes.
The recount is facilitated by the head moderator of each town, who has five business days to complete the recount, according to a spokesman in the Secretary of State’s office.
The deadline for any recounts resulting from the Nov. 8 election will be Nov. 16 because of the Veteran’s Day Holiday.
Overall, Democrats hold a 79-72 majority in the House.