With 100% of precincts reported, Lori Trahan leads Daniel Koh by just 52 votes in yesterday’s MA Democratic primary for the 3rd Congressional District.
This means that there’s a very good chance of a recount being requested for this race.
Despite the tight numbers, an automatic recount will not be issued since the results appear as if they would have a difference of less than 0.5 percent. Candidates can petition for a district-wide recount if they have 500 signatures by registered Democrats. They will have until 5 p.m. Friday to do so.
Should there be a recount, it would be done by hand in public with a welcome to spectators.
By my calculation, a margin of 52 votes means that the difference is less than 0.3 percent. The wording above is awkward, but certainly seems to say that a recount could happen if formally requested.
Koh is the former chief staff for of Mayor Marty Walsh and Trahan is the former chief of staff for former Congressman Marty Meehan. Both candidates were a part of a dozen individuals who ran to replace outgoing U.S. Rep. Nikki Tsongas, who announced she wasn’t seeking re-election last year.
“I would like to congratulate all of the amazing candidates on a wonderful race, especially Lori Trahan. And I ask you all to stick with me, to stay and we’re in for a little bit of a ride. So thank you, and let’s go,” Koh said.
Trahan has already declared victory.
Trahan declared victory shortly after midnight. “We’re going to claim victory,” Trahan said. “We are leading right now with 99 percent of the votes in,” she said. “I look at the numbers tonight and with 99 percent reporting, the numbers look good, so I’m very confident that we’re winning this election.”
The biggest news, of course, was the historic win by Ayanna Pressley, who it appears will become MA’s first black woman elected to Congress. And how could you not love Pressley’s initial reaction?
Ahhhhh, “We”, sweet music to my ears.
Thanks to Benny and all of the participants for the lively election coverage last night!!
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