State to decide if recount is needed in 41st House race

Groton - The state hasn’t determined yet if a recount is needed in the 41st House District race, where Republican newcomer Aundré Bumgardner led four-term incumbent Elissa Wright by 39 votes, according to unofficial results as of noon.

Av Harris, spokesman for the secretary of the state’s office, said Wednesday election moderators are sending in returns from 169 towns and the office is busy entering in data.

“There are still pieces of paper with handwriting on them, so it’s going to take a little bit of time,” he said.

If a recount is called for, it must be done in public within seven days of the election by the registrars of voters from both towns.

In a legislative race, a recount is triggered if the difference is one half of one percent of all votes cast, but not more than 20 votes.

The 41st district comprises the southern portion of New London and southern parts of Groton Town and Groton City.

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