Kassner Files for Recount with Only 10 Votes Separating Her From Mirra in Rep. Race

State Rep. Leonard Mirra and Gov. Charlie Baker. (Courtesy photograph.)

A member of the shrinking Republican minority in the Massachusetts House, Rep. Lenny Mirra of Georgetown, appeared to be holding onto his seat by a razor-thin margin at the end of last week in one of two races that have still been too close to call.

Mirra said he was up by around 10 votes with all the ballots counted in the 2nd Essex district, while over in 1st Middlesex, Democrat Margaret Scarsdale was also 10 votes ahead.

Mirra’s challenger, Democrat Kristin Kassner, and Scarsdale’s Republican opponent, Andrew Shepherd, both petitioned for district-wide recounts. Those will have to wait until after election results are certified by the Governor’s Council, which could happen Wednesday, Nov. 30.

As WHAV reported election night, unofficial tallies showed Mirra won 11,599 votes to Hamilton Democrat Kassner’s 11,515.

On Election Night, Mirra tweeted he led by 83 votes with all precincts reporting and is “excited to get back to work” on Beacon Hill.

Mirra’s district will no longer include such communities as Haverhill, Groveland, Merrimac and West Newbury.

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