Sec. of State: no recount in lt. gov. primary

denise merrill

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — The primary for lieutenant governor was close, but not close enough for a recall, said Secretary of State Denise Merrill.

A recount is triggered when the margin between the candidates is either “less than 0.5% of the total votes cast, but not more than 1,000
votes; or less than 20 votes.”

“With all towns reporting their primary election returns to  my office, the numbers show that a total of 78,421 registered Republicans voted in  yesterday’s primary for Lieutenant Governor. Therefore, the margin between the  candidates required to trigger an automatic statewide recount would be 393 votes, roughly equivalent to 0.5% of the total Republican votes cast for lieutenant governor,” she said. “As it stands now, Republican Heather Somers received 27,083 votes for lieutenant  governor, while candidate Penny Bacchiochi received 26,312 votes. Republican David Walker received 25,026 votes. The current margin between Republican candidates for Lieutenant Governor Somers and Bacchiochi is 771 votes. While this margin is less than 1,000 votes, it is greater than the 393 vote margin of 0.5% of the total votes cast for lieutenant governor.”

“So while this is an incredibly close result in the Republican primary for Lieutenant Governor, it is not close enough to trigger an automatic statewide recount in the race,” according to Merrill. “I congratulate all the winners from yesterday’s
primaries and look forward to an exciting general election in November.”

Somers thanked friends and supporters. “The primary was a hard fought contest and I want to thank both of my opponents, Sen. McKinney and all the other candidates who were on the ballot for being willing to serve the state we all love by offering their names as candidates. Now we have 12 weeks to turn our state around by electing Tom Foley as the next governor of Connecticut. Tom and I will bring an outsider’s approach to transforming Connecticut and reopening the state for business. We both come from a business background and will make the hard choices to get spending under control in Hartford,” she said. “I am proud to join the Republican ticket to bring new leadership to Hartford and restore prosperity.”

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