HESHIRE – Corrected unofficial results show state Rep. Craig Fishbein, R-Wallingford, who was deemed the loser in last week’s election in the 90th House District, as having won by a scant 21 votes over Democrat Jim Jinks.
An automatic recount will be conducted Thursday. If Fishbein is deemed the victor, House Democrats still will hold a comfortable majority of 97-54.
The Wallingford town clerk, Barbara Thompson, said Tuesday her office discovered that no votes had been recorded in the state election reporting system from the Yalesville Elementary School, one of nine polling places in the 90th District of Cheshire and Wallingford.
“I can’t answer if it was a clerical error or a computer error in the elections management system,” Thompson said. “All I know is we caught it yesterday and amended it.”
The tally on the state’s election report system now shows Fishbein with 7,058 votes to 7,037 for Jinks, or 50.08% to 49.92%. Under state law, a recount is automatic when the race is settled by a margin of less 0.50%. The difference in the 90th is 0.16%.
“I just heard about it two minutes ago,” he said.
The updated results meant a swing of more than 100 votes in the tally from Jinks to Fishbein.
“What a roller coaster,” said Rep. Vincent J. Candelora, R-North Branford, the new House GOP leader.