After a recount, a Republican-held seat in the New Hampshire House of Representatives has switched to a Democrat, as The Conservative Brief reported.
After the recount, Democrat Maxine Mosley won the contest for the Hillsborough County House District 16 seat in Manchester by one vote over Republican Larry Gagne. With 1,799 votes to Gagne’s 1,798 for the seat, Mosley won. Gagne had a 23-vote advantage over Mosley before the recount.
“Shocker in Manchester’s Ward 6 New Hampshire House of Representative race – after she congratulated Gagne, there was still counting left and it turns out Maxine Mosley won by a single vote. A flip for the Democrats,” wrote Adam Sexton, the political director for Manchester news outlet WMUR.
Shocker in Manchester’s Ward 6 @NHHouseofReps race — after she congratulated Gagne, there was still counting left & it turns out Maxine Mosley won by a single vote. A flip for the Democrats. #NHPolitics #WMUR
— Adam Sexton (@AdamSextonWMUR) November 14, 2022
Senior political analyst Nathaniel Rakich of election monitor Five Thirty-Eight also tweeted on the unexpected change of events in the campaign.
“Wow! Democrats erased a 23-vote deficit in a recount to win this NH House seat by ONE vote,” he tweeted. “They need to do the same in 3 more seats to win a majority. I am honestly not sure what happens if the NH House ties 200-200. It has never happened before, in my knowledge.”
Wow! Democrats erased a 23-vote deficit in a recount to win this NH House seat by ONE vote. They need to do the same in 3 more seats to win a majority. Tracking here: https://t.co/0dImM9MgBx https://t.co/p8xIC9VRqc
— Nathaniel Rakich (@baseballot) November 14, 2022
Gagne said he was surprised with the outcome: “It’s very unusual, especially in Manchester with the machines we have, to make up 24 votes, we were winning by 23. I don’t know what happened,” he said.
Mosley discussed the unexpected turn of events and revealed to Newsweek that she had initially anticipated losing the race.
“I was truly overwhelmed by the result of the recount. A swing of more than nine votes is rare in New Hampshire so this result is historic! I am also very grateful for the voters who have shown their faith me, as a first-time candidate, to represent them,” she said.
— andrewsylvia (@andrewsylvia) November 14, 2022
She was careful to say that Gagne was polite even in defeat: “Directly following the recount, Mr. Gagne did approach me, and we shook hands as he congratulated me. He did tell me that he would not be requesting a challenge to the outcome,” Mosley said. “He was very gracious. We have always had a cordial relationship over many years, and I appreciate his service to our community.