AUGUSTA, Maine — A Friday recount affirmed Republican Matthew Harrington’s narrow Election Day victory for a seat in the Maine House of Representatives representing part of Sanford.
His 13-vote win completes a Republican sweep in two November special elections for House seats held previously by Democrats and increases parity in the chamber ahead of the January legislative session. It will now be made up of 78 Democrats, 69 Republicans and four independents.
Harrington, a Kennebunk police officer who lives in Springvale, won 767 votes to Democrat Jean Noon’s 754, according to Kristen Muszynski, a spokeswoman for Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap.
In statements issued after the recount, both the Maine Republican Party and Maine Democratic Party expressed concern about ballots that were reportedly given by poll workers to voters ineligible to vote in the special election and urged the secretary of state to look into the matter.
However, Democrats said Noon will not contest the results of the recount.
“This was a team effort from start to finish, and now that the election is over, I’m ready to get to work,” Harrington said in a statement. “House Republicans have led the way on a number of initiatives, but we still have a lot of work to do to get Maine on the right path.”
Noon was running to replace her husband, Bill Noon, who died in July. Harrington’s margin was only one vote less than the previously reported total.
Harrington will join fellow Republican Lester Ordway of Standish, who also won a seat on Nov. 3 representing part of Standish that was previously held by Democrat Michael Shaw, who resigned because of a move in August.