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Graham keeps win after House District 109 recount

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Graham keeps win after House District 109 recount

NORTH YARMOUTH — Anne Graham maintained her victory in the Maine House District 109 election when a recount on Monday showed her to have a 36-vote lead over Gary Foster.

Graham, of North Yarmouth, earned 2,140 votes over 2,104 for Gray resident Foster, Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap reported Monday.

"I was impressed with the process," Foster, a Republican, said on Tuesday, praising Secretary of State staff for doing "a very thorough and honest job of conducting the recount. So (I'm) very satisfied with the process. It was a good experience."

He noted that Graham, a Democrat, "worked very hard, and she earned this win."

Graham said on Tuesday that she was "feeling great. I'm very happy that this is the result, and I'm just ready to work."

She had defeated Foster on Nov. 2 by 33 votes, 2,132 to 2,099. North Yarmouth resident Tyler Frank, an independent, trailed them with 365 votes. Given the close margin in his loss to Graham, Foster submitted a recount request to the secretary of state's office on Nov. 8.

Deputy Secretary of State Julie Flynn said last week that each candidate would be asked to bring six people to recount the ballots. A person from each side would work in a team, facilitated by a State Department staff person, to count the tally and concur on the results. The candidates could observe, but could not participate in the recount. They could also have an attorney present, Flynn said.

District 109 includes parts of North Yarmouth, Pownal and Gray.

Alex Lear can be reached at 373-9060 ext. 113 or alear@theforecaster.net.