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Republican majority in NH House narrows again as recount flips additional seat to Democrats

By: - November 15, 2022 2:38 pm

Observers look on during the recount of state House races at the New Hampshire Archives building in Concord on Monday. (Amanda Gokee | New Hampshire Bulletin)

The Republicans’ narrow majority in the New Hampshire House of Representative just got a bit smaller, with a Tuesday recount flipping the Coos District 7 seat from a Republican to a Democrat.

That leaves Republicans with a 201 to 199 majority, and at least 20 more House race recounts still pending. That includes two races where Republicans won seats by three votes or fewer.

The Election Day count of Coos District 7, which represents the North Country city of Berlin, showed Republican John Greer beating incumbent Democrat Eamon Kelley by four votes, but the recount found Kelley had in fact won the race by two votes, 2,452 to 2,450.

Recounts for House races are now scheduled through Monday, and a spokesperson for the Secretary of State said they will likely last until Thanksgiving. Some of the upcoming recounts will take a second look at races that came down to just a few votes.

On Wednesday at 9:30 a.m., counting teams will look into Strafford District 8 – a race decided in Republican David Walker’s favor by just one vote over Democrat Chuck Grassie. Another extremely close race will be recounted Thursday at 9 a.m., in which the Election Day count had Republican Keith Ammon beating Democrat Karen Roach by three votes in Hillsborough District 42.

Recounts are taking place at the State Archives and are open to the public. Once House race recounts are completed, recounts for two Senate races will begin, followed by the one county-wide recount for Hillsborough County register of deeds.

A Tuesday morning recount of Rockingham District 1 left the initial result unchanged, with Republican Jacob Brouillard defeating Democrat Keith McGuigan.

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Amanda Gokee
Amanda Gokee

Amanda Gokee is the New Hampshire Bulletin’s energy and environment reporter. She previously reported on these issues at VTDigger. Amanda grew up in Vermont and is a graduate of Harvard University. She received her master’s degree in liberal studies, with a concentration in creative writing, from Dartmouth College. Her work has also appeared in the LA Review of Books and the Valley News.