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For Immediate Release
Recount Begins in 2nd Congressional District Republican Primary
AUGUSTA--The recount for the Republican Primary in the Second Congressional District began today under the supervision of the Secretary of State's Office at the State Police Barracks in Augusta. Ballots from Franklin and Oxford Counties, and the four 2nd Congressional District towns in Kennebec County, were examined during today's count and the results are attached. The recount will continue over the next several days until ballots from all 390 municipalities that comprise the Second Congressional District have been reviewed.
Election night totals for the four candidates in the Republican Primary were as follows: Richard H. Campbell of Orrington, 7,383; Stavros J. Mendros of Lewiston, 8,022; Kevin L. Raye of Perry, 11,870; and Timothy C. Woodcock of Bangor, 11,460. The recount was requested by Timothy Woodcock, the second place candidate. The 410 vote margin separating the first and second place candidates represents 1.06% of the total votes cast in that race.
"Given the number of municipalities involved, it is likely the recount will take at least until the end of the week to complete," said Secretary Gwadosky. "We will take whatever time is necessary to ensure that both candidates are satisfied with the process and the results."
All recounts are conducted in a secure State Police building on Hospital Street in Augusta. Recounts are public proceedings. Members of the public and media may attend to observe, as space allows. State law requires the State Police to collect the ballots for the recounts and keep them in the secured State Police facility until a recount has been completed. The ballots are stored in tamperproof metal containers and are closed with specially numbered security seals and locks.
In a recount, the representatives of each candidate and the staff of the Secretary of State manually review each ballot to determine the official vote tally. Recounts are requested based upon the unofficial initial results, sometimes called the apparent results.
In a primary election, if the recount produces enough disputed ballots to affect the election result, the Supreme Judicial Court must review the ballots and determine the outcome of the election. This procedure is set forth in Maine law.