Winner decided in recount of state house seat after error in Wallingford


WALLINGFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– We have a winner in the recount of a state house seat after a recording error in Wallingford.

Republican State Representative Craig Fishbein has held his seat.

Related: Recount set for 90th House District race after recording error in Wallingford

Election results for the 90th House district, which covers Wallingford and Cheshire, were in limbo. A mistake in how election night results were recorded made the original race too close to call.

A recount was triggered. Dozens of election workers painstakingly went through 14,000 ballots and all the absentee ballot paperwork.

In the end Fishbein won by just 17 votes.

Related: Error in Wallingford flips results in CT’s 90th House District seat red, 21-vote win

His Democratic challenger Jim Jinks says the district is no longer “solidly red” and candidates have a mandate to work for all people.

State Democrats will still maintain a majority in the House of Representatives now, 97 to 54.

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