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Democrat Kristin Krassner ‘won’ Massachusetts’s 2nd Essex District seat after a recount.
Republican incumbent Rep. Lenny Mirra originally won the race by 10 votes.
After a recount, however, Kassner garnered 11,763 votes compared to Rep. Mirra’s 11,762.
As of right now, the race has yet to be certified by Massachusetts’s Governor’s Council and Rep. Mirra is seeking to challenge the results.
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NEW: After a recount in Massachusetts’ 2nd Essex district, Democrat Kristin E. Kassner has topped Republican incumbent, Leonard Mirra, by ONE vote (11,762 to 11,763), erasing what had been a 10-vote deficit in their race for state representative #mapoli
— Matt Stout (@MattPStout) December 8, 2022
Mirra is looking to challenge signatures on some of the ballots.
Per CBS News:
Mirra, a Georgetown Republican, said attorneys for both sides “challenged or questioned several dozen votes” during the recount.
Only ballots protested at the time during a recount can then be challenged in court.
“Yesterday, in Rowley, they were able to use five spoiled ballots that all went to my opponent. In no other town did they let us use spoiled ballots,” he said, adding that there were several other mail-in votes in Ipswich for which he believes signatures do not match their envelopes.
NEW: Democrat challenger Kristin Kassner now leads five-term Republican Rep. Leonard Mirra by a single vote after a full recount erased Mirra’s 10-vote lead, both candidates confirm. Mirra plans a legal challenge. #mapolihttps://t.co/8kNZp5iYlv
— Chris Lisinski (@ChrisLisinski) December 8, 2022
Currently Democrats hold a super majority in Massachusetts’s state house with 129 seats compared to Republican’s 29 seats.
It appears Kennedy Democrats in Massachusetts have refused to come into the realization that the Democratic Party JFK lifted up has been gone for a long time.