Recount confirms Tucker's win in Brunswick primary

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BRUNSWICK — Ralph Tucker’s victory in the House District 50 Democratic primary was confirmed Wednesday afternoon, following an official recount at Department of Public Safety headquarters in Augusta.

Tucker won by a 10-vote margin, 442-432, over opponent Jackie Sartoris.

The results, which included votes by active-duty military, added one more vote to Tucker’s tally, State Department spokeswoman Julie Flynn said.

Tucker said he was “overwhelmed” with feelings of affection and gratitude for his supporters and campaign volunteers, and congratulated Sartoris and her campaign for its “energy and pluck.”

He said he was also very pleased that the results recorded by the Brunswick town clerk were exactly right.

Sartoris did not return a phone message left at her home Wednesday, but in a Facebook post said the final tally was “as expected” and thanked the citizens who requested the recount and supported her campaign.

Tucker, a labor attorney, retired District Court judge, and former state Worker’s Compensation commissioner, is a long-time Democratic party stalwart. He will face Republican Mark Holbrook in November’s general election.

Tucker said he faced an “uphill battle” against Sartoris, who served on the Town Council for eight years.

He spent heavily in the primary, eventually spending more than $11,000, including roughly $2,300 in in-kind donations, according to his latest filing with the state election commission.

Turning to the general election, Tucker said he would campaign on a platform of support for public education, the environment, job training, and affordable health care.

His main goal, he said, is to maintain his party’s majority in the Legislature and win the Blaine House for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Michaud.

During the primary, Tucker emphasized his Democratic credentials and government connections to demonstrate that he would be an effective lawmaker.

With a newly redrawn district and the possibility that outside money can be thrown into the race, Tucker said he intends to vigorously contest the November election.

“We can’t just sit back and relax,” he said, “We need to fight just as hard in the general as Jackie Sartoris and I did in the primary.”

Peter L. McGuire can be reached at 781-3661 ext.100 or Follow him on Twitter: @mcguiremidcoast.

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