Mank saves House District 47 GOP win in recountEach candidate picks up one vote in recount
Rockland — Gordon P. Mank Jr. emerged as the winner of the recount for the House District 47 Republican race Tuesday.
An election official at the Secretary of State’s Office said Tuesday, June 19, that a recount of ballots cast in the House District 47 Republican primary was completed shortly after it began at 1 p.m.
"It was a quick recount," an official with the Secretary of State’s Office said. Each candidate picked up a vote and the results were 166-164.
The recount was held at the Maine Department of Public Safety complex, located at 45 Commerce Drive, Augusta.
Official election results indicated that Mank received 166 votes and James Raye received 164 votes.
As required by Maine law, 21-A M.R.S.A. §698, the ballots were sealed in special security containers in each community on election night. House District 47 includes Rockland and Owls Head. Maine State Police collected all ballot boxes from each community involved in the recount and kept them in a secure location until the recount.
During the recount, representatives for each candidate and staff members of the state's Elections Division manually reviewed each ballot to determine if the initial tabulation in the election was correct.
Raye of Rockland had asked for a recount of Tuesday's vote in the Republican race after losing by three votes. That gap was later closed to two votes.
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