Michael Lawlor

3 Recounts Finished; House Remains at 79 - 72 For Democrats

3 Recounts Finished; House Remains at 79 - 72 For Democrats

All three recounts have been completed, and the state House of Representatives will remain with a Democratic majority at 79 to 72.

Secretary of the State Denise Merrill, the state's chief elections officer, said Thursday that the automatic recounts had been completed, and the winners on election night all held onto their victories when the votes were recanvassed.

State Rep. Sam Belsito of Tolland, known as the "Tuxedo King'' for his men's clothing business, won by 48 votes in a tight battle against Democrat Susan Eastwood. Belsito has won in his district since a special election in 2013 - after decades of Democratic dominance of a seat once held by now-Democratic...

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