Boutin retains Senate seat as opponent calls off recountBy GARRY RAYNO
State House Bureau
November 21. 2012 6:58PM
CONCORD - The race between incumbent District 16 State Sen. David Boutin of Hooksett and Democratic challenger Kathleen Kelley of Manchester ended as it began, with a 396-vote win for Boutin.
With no change in the winner, Republicans in the state Senate will hold a 13-11 majority, down from the 19-5 margin they have enjoyed the past two years.
Kelley called the recount off Tuesday afternoon after ballots from Manchester Ward 1, Candia and Hooksett had been counted and the margin of victory was growing for Boutin.
Ballots from Manchester wards 2 and 12, Bow and Dunbarton were not counted.
When a candidate ends a recount before it is finished, the vote totals revert to the official numbers released by the Secretary of State's Office after the election.
In the District 16 race, Boutin received 13,876 votes and Kelley received 13,480.
Also Tuesday, the recount for the Cheshire County Sheriff post between the winner Democrat Eli Rivera and Republican Earl Nelson did not change the results.
After the election, the two candidates were separated by 27 votes, but after the recount Rivera's margin of victory grew to 55 votes, 18,897 to 18,842.
Election recounts ended Tuesday, leaving Democrats holding a majority of the House seats - 221 to the Republicans' 179.
To date no candidate has repealed his or her recount results to the Ballot Law Commission.
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