Thursday November 15, 2012

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- Republican House Speaker William O’Brien will keep his seat after a re-count Wednesday confirmed his narrow victory in last week’s election.

The vote on Election Day showed O’Brien defeating Democrat Kary Jencks by 67 votes in District 5, which covers Mont Vernon and New Boston. That margin increased to 70 votes in the recount, one of 23 being conducted this week.

The House also picked up another Republican Wednesday after a recount in Rockingham County’s District 17, which covers Newmarket and Newfields. Six candidates were competing for three seats, and the Election Day results showed three Democrats winning -- Marcia Moody, Michael Cahill and William Connery. But Republican Rep. Adam Schroadter of Newmarket picked up enough votes in the recount to surpass Connery by 15 votes.

On Tuesday, a recount confirmed Republican state Sen. Andy Sanborn’s win over Democrat Lee Nyquist in District 9, which covers 14 towns including Bedford, New Boston and Mont Vernon. Election Day results had Sanborn up by 253 votes; the recount made his margin of victory 213 votes.

"I’m pleased by the result of the recount, and look forward to continuing my work in the Senate for a more pro-job, pro-growth New Hampshire. Tonight, small business owners, taxpayers and those struggling to make ends meet will be able to sleep more easily knowing that the State Senate majority will remain in Republican hands," Sanborn said, referring to the 13-11 edge Republicans hold in the Senate.

O’Brien, who was elected speaker two years ago, is not seeking a leadership position for the session that starts in January now that Democrats have regained control of the House. Republicans will nominate their choice for speaker Thursday in a private caucus, while Democrats pick their nominee Saturday. If Democrats stick together, their choice will be named speaker Dec. 5 and the GOP choice will be minority leader.