Incumbent Democratic candidate James Handy has been confirmed as the winner of the House District 58 seat, based on the results of a ballot recount conducted today, announced Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap.
In the final tabulation of ballots cast, Handy received 2,011 votes to Republican candidate Denise Hurilla’s 1,973 votes. District 58 covers part of the City of Lewiston. A recount of the Nov. 6 election results was requested by Hurilla after unofficial results from Election Day indicated that she had lost the election by 43 votes, 1,972 to 2,015.
The recount included 100 blank ballots, for a total of 4,084 ballots in the race.
In a recount, the representatives of each candidate and staff members from the Department of the Secretary of State manually review each ballot to determine the official vote tally. The recount, which is open to the public, began at 1 p.m. today at the Elkins Building in Augusta.