The house race ends in a draw

A tie in a Wednesday recount could result in a tie in the New Hampshire House of Representatives. The recount for a seat representing Rochester’s Ward 4 ended with the Republican and Democratic candidates winning 970 votes each. The outcome of the race could still change. Ballots contested during the recount are subject to further scrutiny before the Electoral Rights Commission. If the tie persists, the legislature may have to vote on the nominee for the seat. The candidates in the race said they have served together at the Rochester community level and live down the street from one another. “We’ve known each other for over 30 years, both are well known in the community, so it is what it is,” Republican nominee David Walker said. Incumbent State Rep. Chuck Grassie, D-Rochester, said the tie came as no surprise. “We’ve both done good campaigns and tough campaigns, and we’re both well known in the community.” There are more than a dozen recounts left. Republicans currently hold 200 seats in the House of Representatives and Democrats 199.

A tie in a Wednesday recount could result in a tie in the New Hampshire House of Representatives.

The recount for a seat representing Rochester’s Ward 4 ended with the Republican and Democratic candidates winning 970 votes each.

The outcome of the race can still change. Ballots contested during the recount are subject to further review by the Electoral Rights Commission.

If the tie holds, the Legislature could have to vote on which candidate should be seated.

The candidates in the race said they served together at the Rochester community level and lived down the road.

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“We’ve known each other for over 30 years, both are well known in the community, so it is what it is,” Republican nominee David Walker said.

Incumbent State Rep. Chuck Grassie, D-Rochester, said the tie came as no surprise.

“It was not unexpected that the votes ended in a tie,” said Grassie. “We’ve both done good campaigns and tough campaigns, and we’re both well known in the community.”

There are more than a dozen recounts left. Republicans currently hold 200 seats in the House of Representatives and Democrats 199.

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