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Comtois Holds Barnstead for GOP

BARNSTEAD — Republican Barbara Comtois handily topped Democrat Bruce Marriott 1,471 to 979 to win the seat in the New Hampshire House of Representatives held by her husband Guy for the past three terms.

French Edges Hosmer in Senate District 7

LACONIA — Republican Harold French of Franklin edged Andrew Hosmer of Laconia by a mere 13 votes to deny the incumbent Democrat a third term in the New Hampshire Senate.

French carried six of the ten ten municipalities in District 2, including the city of Franklin, to tally 13,865 votes while Hosmer took the city of Laconia and three towns in polling13,852 votes.

Hosmer said Wednesday that he will request a recount. State law entitles any candidate to request a recount if the difference between the winner and loser is less than 20-percent. However, the candidate requesting the recount must pay a fee, which rises as difference increases. If the difference is less than 1 percent the fee is $50, but doubles if the difference is between 1 and 2 percent and doubles again if the the difference is between 2 and 3 percent. If the difference is more than 3 percent, the fee is $200 plus costs set by the Secretary of State.

Two years ago the shoe was on the other foot when Kathleen Lauer-Rago requested a recount after losing the Senate race to Hosmer by 132 votes. The recount confirmed Hosmer's victory and added 23 votes to his winning total.

Hosmer carried five of the six wards in Laconia, where his margin over French was 372 votes, and won Gilford by 117 votes. as well as Canterbury and Andover in Merrimack County by 176 and 226 votes respectively. Although French won Franklin by just 79 votes, took Belmont by 265 votes, Northfield by 136 votes. Boscawen by 127, Salisbury by 95 votes and Webster by 92 votes.

The request for a recount must be submitted no later than the Friday following the election; that is, by November 11. The Secretary of State must schedule the recount to begin no later that the Wednesday following the deadline for submitting the request, which would be November 16.

French could not be reached for comment.

Comtois holds Barnstead for GOP State House (2)

BARNSTEAD — Republican Barbara Comtois handily topped Democrat Bruce Marriott 1,471 to 979 to win the seat in the New Hampshire House of Representatives held by her husband Guy for the past three terms.

– Michael Kitch

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