People were busy at the Hosmer-French recount Wednesday, held at the New Hampshire State Archives Research Room in Concord. Gary Gilmore, a member of the Secretary of State staff, standing right, led the recount of Laconia Ward 1 ballots.
Incumbent state Sen. Andrew Hosmer loses in recount to Harold French
By GINGER KOZLOWSKI, LACONIA DAILY SUN
LACONIA — Republican Harold French will be the next state senator for District 7, representing Laconia, Franklin, Andover, Belmont, Boscawen, Canterbury, Gilford, Meredith, Northfield, Salisbury and Webster, unseating incumbent Democrat Andrew Hosmer.
A recount showed that French won the race by 17 votes, 13,880 to 13,863.
While the initial recount seemed to indicate that 31 ballots in Ward 5 were missing, Deputy Secretary of State David Scanlan said Thursday that was not the case.
“We counted the ballots that were given to us by the city of Laconia,” Scanlan said, “and they were represented to be the ballots counted in the election. Though they were different from the return of votes, those are the only ballots we had to count.”
In the recount, Hosmer picked up four votes, while French added five. The recount ended about 8 p.m. Wednesday.
Hosmer served two terms as the representative for state Senate District 7. French has served one term as a representative in the state House of Representatives for Merrimack District 2.
Also, the recount of votes for Belknap District 4 (Sanbornton and Tilton) did not change the result, with Republican David Lang beating Democrat Ian Raymond 1,530-1,513.
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