With the Democratic primary election in Massachusetts’s 3rd Congressional District still too close to call, the campaign for Dan Koh, who trailed Lori Trahan by 52 votes Wednesday morning, said it will review the process for a recount and it could be days until voters have an official outcome for the closely contested race.
But Trahan, the former chief of staff for U.S. Rep. Marty Meehan, appearing at a brief press conference Wednesday, reiterated her confidence in the accuracy of the current results of the 10-way election.
“It’s been a very long and exciting night for all of us,” she told reporters in Lowell. “Now that 100 percent of the votes have been counted, I am confident that I am your Democratic nominee.”
According to the Associated Press, Trahan has garnered 18,368 votes to 18,316 for Koh, the former chief of staff for Boston Mayor Marty Walsh. Both candidates carried approximately 21.6 percent of the vote.
As Trahan took the podium Wednesday, The Lowell Sun also reported 100 votes had been counted but not recorded in the city’s unofficial results. Secretary of State William Galvin’s office told The Boston Globe provisional ballots were still being tallied.
“Given the closeness of the results in the 3rd (Congressional District) — with 85,000 votes cast and only a handful of votes separating the top two finishers — and the fact that all ballots, including possibly hundreds of provisional ballots, have not been counted, it’s clear that the final outcome of the election will not be known for a few days,” Koh’s campaign said in a statement earlier in the morning.
Trahan initially claimed victory around midnight Wednesday.
At the press conference later in the day, she said her campaign “cannot wait one day more to start this campaign,” referring to the two months until the Nov. 6 general election against Republican Rick Green to fill the seat being left vacant by U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas.
“I am eager to highlight my vision for how we need to change Washington and get government back on the side of working people,” she said, adding that she looks forward to serving with Ayanna Pressley, the Democratic primary winner in the 7th Congressional District.
Galvin has already ordered the ballots be sealed and locked to protect them from being tampered with amid anticipation of a recount.
“The Koh campaign will be reviewing the process for a recount to ensure everyone who voted is properly counted,” the Koh campaign’s statement said. “He is proud to have been part of a group of Democratic candidates in the 3rd who campaigned so hard to make a real difference in this country and if — at the end of the process — Lori is declared the winner, Dan will offer his enthusiastic support for her in the general election.”