No changes after recount in Hillsborough state rep. race

  • Brett Hall Courtesy photo

  • John Lewicke Courtesy photo

  • Many voters throughout the Monadnock region turned out to cast their ballot.  Staff photo by Meghan Pierce

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 11/20/2018 10:46:18 AM

Saturday’s recount for the Hillsborough District 26 state representative race did not change the outcome of the race.

Republican Jack Flanagan and Democrat Brett Hall will represent the district – which serves Mason and Brookline – for the next two years.

Flanagan returns to the district after previously serving from 2010 to 2016. In 2016, Flanagan ran for U.S. Congress.

This is Hall’s first time as a state representative.

Incumbent Republican John Lewicke called for the recount after finding out that he lost his seat to Hall by five votes.

“I owe it to the party if we are this close to getting one more representative in,” Lewicke told the Ledger-Transcript last week. “Five votes is a lot to pick up in a recount… in my mind, it’s not that likely.”

In the recount, all candidates for Hillsborough District 26 picked up additional votes with the exception of Lewicke.

Top vote-getter Flanagan increased his lead by picking up three more votes in the recount.

Hall added another vote and fellow Democrat Brian Rater picked up two votes.

The final election results following the recount are as follows: Flanagan – 1,615; Hall – 1,546; Lewicke – 1,540; Rater 1,441. 

The recount was one of 19 to take place from Nov. 10 to Nov. 17. Another recount is scheduled for Nov. 20. 

Of the 19 races recounted, two feature changes in winners – state representative races in Hillsborough District 5 and Belknap District 3.

Nicholas Handy can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 235 or 


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