Republican American: Recount in 64th District extended; still no official winner despite Ohler’s concession

First appeared in the Republican American on 11/14/2018 here.

BY PAUL HUGHES REPUBLICAN-AMERICAN

HARTFORD — A recount is being extended in the close contest between first-term Rep. Brian Ohler, R-Canaan, and Democratic challenger Maria Horn in the 64th Assembly District.

Ohler conceded defeat last Wednesday, but officially the race remains too close for Secretary of the State Denise W. Merrill to certify the results.

Merrill issued a notice Wednesday that Horn’s reported 51-vote victory triggered an automatic recount under state law after her office received amended returns Tuesday from two of the district’s nine towns, said Gabe Rosenberg, a Merrill spokesman.

All required recounts were supposed to be completed on or before Wednesday, so the deadline is being extended until Friday because of the late revised returns from the towns of Norfolk and North Canaan, he said.

Rosenberg said the situation is not a problem because Merrill’s office has until next week to officially certify the results of the Nov. 6 elections.

The amended results showed Horn edging Ohler 5,876 votes to 5,825. The 51-vote difference fell within the 0.5 percent recount threshold set in state law.

The district includes all of Canaan, Cornwall, Kent, Norfolk, North Canaan, Salisbury, and Sharon, and parts of Goshen and Torrington.