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Vermont House Prepares for Second Recount

Republican Robert Frenier beat incumbent and five-term Progressive Susan Hatch Davis in the Orange County race by eight votes on Election Day

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A recount for a Vermont House seat is set to take place for a second time.

Republican Robert Frenier beat incumbent and five-term Progressive Susan Hatch Davis in the Orange County race by eight votes on Election Day. After a first recount, the result was narrowed to seven votes.

The House voted to approve the recount, which will have lawmakers hand-certify the results. The House Committee on Government Operations will devote all day Wednesday and possibly Thursday to either certify, or overturn the results.

Republicans have cried foul at the recount efforts and claimed the decision is motivated by partisanship.

Minority leader Don Turner, a Milton Republican, has called the recount effort a "blatantly prejudiced effort" to challenge Frenier's election.

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