By Doug Ireland firstname.lastname@example.org
---- — Final vote tallies have confirmed the winners of several Southern New Hampshire political races.
The Secretary of State’s Office continued to release official voting results yesterday as it worked to confirm counts in races across the state.
Some results were posted Wednesday as well — a day after record numbers of voters went to the polls, re-electing President Barack Obama, choosing Democrat Maggie Hassan as the new governor and selecting dozens of candidates in local races.
Republican Chuck Morse of Salem returns to his District 22 Senate seat, defeating Victoria Czaia of Atkinson, 16,972 votes to 9,781.
Republican Christopher Sununu of Newfields returns to his District 3 Executive Council seat, beating Democrat Bill Duncan of New Castle and Libertarian Party candidate Michael Baldassarre.
Sununu received 75,879 votes, or 55 percent, compared to 55,412, or 40 percent for Duncan. Baldassarre received 6,178 — 4 percent of the vote.
In the District 35 House race, Republican incumbent Richard Gordon was re-elected. Gordon beat Democratic challenger and fellow East Kingston resident Kim Casey.
Gordon received 2,913 votes, or 53 percent, while Casey got 2,613, or 47 percent.
The Secretary of State’s office also confirmed yesterday that Rockingham County Attorney James Reams of Hampton and Sheriff Michael Downing of Salem were re-elected.
Both GOP candidates said Wednesday they were certain they had won, but would feel better after hearing the final results.
Reams received 76,471 votes compared to 60,210 for Democratic challenger Joseph Plaia of Portsmouth and 9,473 for Libertarian candidate Max Abramson of Seabrook.
Downing finished with 79,829 votes compared to 68,775 for Democrat John Clark of Rye.
Among other county races, Republican Cathy Stacey of Salem was re-elected as register of deeds. Stacey received 2,535 votes compared to 1,163 for Democratic challenger Robert Padian.