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Manchester recounts: Baines, Moreau, Scannell hold onto their victories

New Hampshire Union Leader

November 17. 2017 6:43PM
Voters walk by a crowd of sign holders at the Ward 2 polls at Hillside Middle School in Manchester on Election Day, Nov. 8, 2017. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)

MANCHESTER — The outcomes of a trio of city elections didn’t change after recounts Friday, city officials reported.

City Clerk Matthew Normand confirmed that Alderman-elect Tim Baines in Ward 3 and Alderman Elizabeth Moreau in Ward 6 preserved their victories after all the ballots were recounted Friday at the Rines Center at 1528 Elm St.

Ward 2 school board member-elect David Scannell also preserved his victory over incumbent Debra Langton.

On Election Night, Baines upset Alderman Chairman Patrick Long by seven votes, 530-523, with 107 ballots left blank and one write-in.

After the recount, Baines won by six votes, 531-525, with 103 blank ballots and two write-ins.

Moreau had originally defeated challenger Peter J. Macone by 25, 1,153 to 1,128.

Her victory margin after the recount grew by one to 26, 1,154 to 1,128. The number of blank ballots in this race changed from 198 originally to 197.

Scannell, a former, state legislator who edged incumbent school board member Debra Gagnon Langton by 20 votes, 1,070 to 1,050, with 304 blanks and five write-ins.

After the recount, Scannell’s win grew by seven votes as he received 1,078 to 1,051 for Gagnon Langton. The number of blank ballots fell to 295 and write-ins remained at five.

In every case, those recounting the ballots concluded the same total number of votes had been cast.

Long, who’s also a six-term state legislator representing the city, said he didn’t expect the result to change but knew his supporters would want him to go through the formality.

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