Of the seven districts in Branford, five are facing potential recounts based on the close margin after Tuesdays election.
The 3rd, 4th, 5th, 5th and 7th all face potential recounts unless the lower polling candidate declines in writing.
Based on the outcome Tuesday, Republicans hold a 17-13 lead on the RTM. Some of the potential recounts are between same party members, and it is common for these recounts to be declined.
By law, a recount is triggered when the tally difference is less than 20 votes or over .5% of the total number of votes cast in that district.
The greatest potential to change the political makeup is in the 5th district. Based on current election night results, both Democrat Tracy Everson and Republican Don Conklin have won seats, but the next closest vote getter, Laura Noe, is only 8 votes behind. Below, those in bold are currently winners as of election day.
Based on past recounts, making up 8 votes is unlikely, but the difference still falls under the statute to trigger a recount.
The other districts feature close races between same part members, and where it is opposing parties, the difference is on the higher end of the spectrum, and are thus unlikely to change the makeup of the RTM.
Recounts will be done as early as this weekend, unless the lower vote getter declines.
We will update this as we confirm which districts will move forward with a recount.