A third state House recount: Belsito vs. Eastwood

Secretary of the State Denise Merrill’s office said Thursday that a third state House race will be subject to a recount: the re-election of Rep. Sam Belsito, R-Tolland, by 47 votes over Democrat Susan Eastwood in the 53rd District of Ashford, Tolland and Willington.

On Wednesday, the office said automatic recounts would be held to review the 14-vote re-election 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 to the secretary of the state showed Belsito outpolling Eastwood, 6,383 to 6,336.


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About Mark Pazniokas

Mark, a winner of numerous journalist awards, is the former state politics writer for The Hartford Courant and a former contributing writer for The New York Times. In more than 30 years as a reporter, he has covered some of the most compelling stories in the state, including the impeachment inquiry and resignation of Gov. John G. Rowland in 2004 and the nationally watched Senate race won by Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman as an independent in 2006. Mark is a graduate of Boston University. E-mail him at mpazniokas@ctmirror.org.