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City race to hinge on recount

September 12, 2012

PAWTUCKET — With the unofficial tally in Tuesday's Democratic primary showing just a three-vote difference between incumbent House 58 William San Bento and his challenger, Carlos Tobon, the winner of the seat depends on today's recount results.
The final numbers from the Rhode Island Board of Elections (including mail-in ballots), showed San Bento with 543 votes or 50.1 percent of the votes, and Tobon with 540 votes or 49.9 percent of the votes cast.
Because the margin between the two candidates was less than 3 percent, a full recount was going to be done, and the results were expected to be announced today at 1:30 p.m. at the state Board of Elections office.
In Pawtucket, city registrar Kenneth McGill said he had submitted the data from all of the precincts and had been given the go-ahead to run the unofficial numbers by the Board of Elections. This resulted in a tally that showed Tobon in the lead with 411 votes to San Bento's 399 votes. However, later that night and after the Times had gone to press, McGill said he received a call that there were seven more cartridges that hadn't been read by the Board of Election's computers and the unofficial final numbers changed in all of the local races.

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