Secretary of State Calls the Race for Trahan; Koh Concedes

September 17, 2018

Lori Trahan speaks to supporters on Sept. 5 at the UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center, the day after the Democratic primary. (SUN FILE PHOTO/ Chris Lisinski) Sun staff photos can be ordered by visiting our SmugMug site.

ANDOVER -- With a district-wide recount completed and the secretary of state declaring Lori Trahan the winner in the 3rd Congressional District Democratic primary, Dan Koh conceded the race Monday.

In an email to supporters, Koh said his effort “fell short” in the Democratic primary by about a tenth of a percentage point. But Koh said he will accept the results, setting aside questions of whether he would further challenge the election in court.

“There’s no use in getting upset about the close margin -- we can’t afford to,” Koh said in the email. “It’s time for us to unite behind Lori Trahan to be sure this seat stays Democratic. Plus, there’s so much to be thankful for.”

The Sept. 4 primary, which featured 10 Democrats on the ballot, came down to a razor-thin margin. Initial certified results showed Trahan beating Koh by only 122 votes, or about 0.1 percent of the more than 88,000 votes cast. Both Koh and Trahan filed for a recount given the closeness of the result.

By 4 p.m. Monday, 36 of the district’s 37 communities had announced the results of their recounts, and Trahan’s lead grew to 143 votes. The recount began late last week and wrapped up late Monday afternoon with Secretary of State William Galvin declaring Trahan the winner.

Galvin’s office will immediately begin printing absentee ballots for the Nov. 6 general election.

As the Democratic nominee, Trahan will now face Republican Rick Green. She is scheduled to address media at 5:45 p.m. Monday in Lowell.

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