He had been leading before the count of absentee ballots.
His statement reads:
“At about 1 p.m. today I filed a formal request for a recount in the Portsmouth Town Council race. As of the final tally of the race, including paper ballots, I trail the last winning candidate by only three votes.
I believe that our optical scanner voting system is very robust and accurate and therefore I do not expect the recount to result in any major change in outcome. Nonetheless, on occasion some variance does occur. I have been contacted by many Portsmouth citizens and they have urged me to seek a recount. I believe I owe it to my supporters to do so. This will allow Portsmouth voters to remain confident in the integrity of the election process.
Regardless of the outcome, I want to thank all who supported my candidacy. Thanks are also due to the Canvasser’s Office for a well-run election.”