Recounts in two Maine House districts and one Senate district will likely be conducted in the coming weeks ahead of the Legislature’s Dec. 7 swearing-in day.
In Senate District 20, Republican Eric Brakey defeated Democrat Bettyann Sheats 9,080 to 8,916 votes, according to unofficial election night results.
Brakey, of Auburn, is a former two-term state senator who ran for U.S. Senate in 2018, losing to independent Angus King.
Sheats, also of Auburn, is a former Maine House member who served from 2016 to 2020.
Senate District 20 covers Auburn, Durham, New Gloucester and Poland. The recount is set for 9 a.m. Monday at 45 Commerce Drive, Suite 13 in Augusta.
Over in the House, recounts have been requested in House District 88 (Auburn) and District 106 (Windham), according to the Secretary of State’s Office.
In House 88, Democrat Kathleen Shaw is the apparent winner over Republican James Sorcek 2,069 to 2,006. A recount has been requested, but not yet scheduled.
In House 106, Republican Barbara Bagshaw narrowly defeated Democrat Dana Reed, 2,372 to 2,348. That recount is set for 9 a.m. Tuesday.
Even if the recounts change the outcome of individual elections, they will not change the balance of power in the Maine House or Senate. Based on election night results, Democrats control the Senate 22-13 and the House 82-67, with two independents.
The recounts will follow this week’s ranked-choice vote count in which more than 300,000 votes from the 2nd Congressional District were re-tabulated and second place votes from last place finisher independent Tiffany Bond were reallocated to U.S. Rep. Jared Golden, a Democrat and former U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin, a Republican.
The final tally gave Golden a 53% to 47% win over Poliquin.