By MICHAEL KITCH, LACONIA DAILY SUN
CONCORD — The closely run races for the New Hampshire Senate District 7 and for the New Hampshire House of Representatives in Belknap District 4 — Sanbornton and Tilton — the two voting districts in Belknap County — are among the 13 state elections in which votes will be recounted beginning today.
In Senate District 7, Republican Harold French of Franklin edged Democrat Andrew Hosmer of Laconia by 13,865 to 13,852, a margin of 13 votes among 27,735 votes cast, including 18 scattered write-in votes. Seven votes must change places to reverse the result.
The recount will be held today at the State Archives beginning at 9 a.m.
District 7 includes two cities – Laconia and Franklin, and two towns in Belknap County – Belmont and Gilford, plus six more towns – Andover, Boscawen Canterbury, Northfield, Salisbury and Webster in Merrimack County. French carried the towns of Belmont, Boscawen, Northfield, Salisbury and Webster together with two wards in Franklin and one in Laconia. Hosmer carried five wards in Laconia, one in Franklin and the towns of Andover and Canterbury in Merrimack County.
Also facing a recount are the towns of Sanbornton and Tilton, who elect two representatives for Belknap District 4. Republican Dennis Fields topped the poll with 1,839 votes. But, in the contest for the second seat just 19 votes separated Republican Tim Lang, who polled 1,530 votes, from Democrat Ian Raymond with 1,511 votes.
That recount will be held today in Room 201 of the Legislative Office Building beginning at 9 a.m.
Another recount will take place for Merrimack District 3 for state representative for Franklin Ward 3 and Northfield. Ryan D. Smith had 25 more votes than Deborah H. Wheeler, with a vote tallied at 1,505-1,480. That recount takes place at 1:30 p.m. today in the Legislative Office Building, room 201.