Automatic recounts will be held to review the 14-vote re-election Tuesday of Rep. James Albis, D-East Haven, and the 54-vote win by Democrat Liz Linehan of Cheshire for an open seat.

Under Connecticut law, recounts are required in legislative races if the margin of victory is less than one-half of 1 percent of votes cast for that office or less than twenty votes.

Returns reported to the secretary of the state’s office showed Albis outpolling Republican Steve Tracey in the 99th House District, 5,004 to 4,990.

In the 103rd House District of Cheshire, Southington and Wallingford, the returns showed Linehan ahead of Republican Andy Falvey, 5,471 to 5,417, in a contest to succeed Rep. Al Adinolfi, R-Cheshire.

The five-day deadline for completing a recount is extended to Nov. 16 because of the Veteran’s Day holiday.

Mark is the Capitol Bureau Chief and a co-founder of CT Mirror. He is a frequent contributor to WNPR, a former state politics writer for The Hartford Courant and Journal Inquirer, and contributor for The New York Times.

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