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Recounts ordered in 4 Connecticut legislative races

HARTFORD — The final makeup of the new Connecticut General Assembly remains unclear.

Secretary of the State Denise Merrill’s office announced Thursday there will be four recounts, triggered by close tallies. The list includes the seat held by Democratic House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz (ehr-eh-SIM’-oh-wits) of Berlin. His district also includes Southington.

Initial results from The Associated Press show Aresimowicz with a 37-vote lead over Republican Michael Gagliardi.

Meanwhile, the Connecticut Democrats are threatening legal action regarding the 17th Senate district, which includes Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Bethany, Derby, Hamden and Naugatuck. Initial results from AP showed Democratic challenger Jorge Cabrera leading Republican Sen. George Logan by 132 votes. But an apparent transcription error has given Logan a narrow lead.

Recounts are also planned in House districts that include Stratford and Durham and Madison.