Dispute heats up over Maine Senate seat


AUGUSTA (AP) — Maine Republicans want to provisionally seat their candidate in a Cumberland County Senate seat that’s in dispute.

Sen. Roger Katz said that Republicans will put forward an order on Wednesday to seat Cathleen Manchester. It must be approved by the full Republican-led Senate.

Unofficial results had shown Democrat Catherine Breen winning, but the recount flipped the results in Manchester’s favor.

Democratic Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap had said Breen would be provisionally seated until a Senate committee resolves the issue.

Democrats are raising the concerns of possible ballot tampering. Twenty one Manchester ballots were found in the recount but unaccounted for on Election Day.

On Monday, Democratic Party Chairman Phil Bartlett called on Republicans to investigate the mystery by reviewing the ballots and voter manifest and calling witnesses to testify.