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Steps taken for recount in Wilkerson race
(George Rizer/Globe Staff)
State Senator Dianne Wilkerson (left) lost to Sonia Chang-Diaz in the Democratic primary.
By John C. Drake, Globe Staff
Both Boston state Senate candidates have requested a recount of last Tuesday's Democratic primary, in which longtime incumbent Dianne Wilkerson lost her reelection bid by 228 votes to challenger Sonia Chang-Diaz.
Wilkerson and Chang-Diaz took out petition papers this morning from the Secretary of State's office, said spokesman Brian McNiff. To request a recount, candidates must collect 50 signatures from each ward in which they want a recount and submit the signed petition papers to the city election department by 5 p.m. today. There are 10 wards in the Second Suffolk Senate district.
Wilkerson requested that wards 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12 be recounted.
Chang-Diaz requested that ward 19 be recounted.
The candidates provided to the Board signatures of 50 registered Democrats living in each ward requested.
Before a recount can take place, the Board of Elections Commissioners for the City of Boston must certify each signature. Tomorrow, the results of the certification process will be announced.
Chang-Diaz stunned Wilkerson by defeating the 15-year incumbent in her second attempt. An analysis of election returns show that Wilkerson won big in her home base of Roxbury and central Dorchester, while Chang-Diaz captured Jamaica Plain, the Fenway, Back Bay, Chinatown, and the South End. Chang-Diaz won 50.57 percent of the vote while Wilkerson won 49.29 percent.
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