Recount Likely in Lincoln County Senate Race
Johnson and Fossel
Thursday, November 08, 2012 11:48 AM
The close Maine senate race between Chris Johnson (D-Somerville) and Les Fossel (R- Alna ) may go to a recount. After the votes were tallied from all the towns in District 20 (Lincoln County, plus Friendship, Windsor and Washington) the difference between the candidates hovers around 100 votes.
"I am not sure if I am going to request a recount, yet," said Fossel. "I have five days to make a decision. I don't want to be frivolous."
Johnson said he is cautiously optimistic and that he will focus on continuing his work in the senate. Johnson won the senate seat in a special election that was called when Senator David Trahan, a Waldoboro Republican, resigned from the senate to become a lobbyist for a sportsmen's organization.
Fossel currently represents House District 53, which includes Alna, Pittston, Dresden, and Wiscasset.
Damariscotta had a delay in reporting results caused by the ballot machine jamming when absentee ballots were fed into it. As a result, around 200 absentee ballots were tallied by hand, according to election officials. It slowed the reporting process on election night, but did not change the total.
Under Maine Elections Division supervision, Boothbay was in the process of recounting its ballots on Wednesday, with reporting probable by late afternoon.