Recount bid withdrawn, Dem's NH House win confirmed
October 03. 2017 9:50PM
CONCORD — State election officials said former Republican State Rep. James Headd of Auburn withdrew his recount request on Tuesday, resulting in the confirmation of Chester Democrat Kari Lerner’s narrow upset win for a vacant seat from Rockingham County in the New Hampshire House of Representatives.
Headd withdrew his recount request once vote counters had gone back through and counted the ballots in Sandown.
Lerner, a first-time candidate, defeated Headd by 39 votes in the district that includes Auburn, Chester and Sandown.
The election-night tally now becomes the official one, Lerner with 901 votes to Headd with 862. Libertarian nominee James Jarvis of Sandown received 41 votes.
After the recount, Headd had one less vote than he received last week while Jarvis received one additional vote and Lerner’s total was the same.
This was the third House seat that Democrats flipped in a special election. The minority party Democrats have won four of the six House runoffs and a State Senate seat since last November.