PAWTUCKET â€” In the political rollercoaster that the House 58 representative race has become, incumbent William San Bento was declared the unofficial winner over challenger Carlos Tobon by a one-vote margin during Monday's recount.
The race had been headed for a recount since last Tuesday's Democratic primary where results had showed San Bento, a 20-year political veteran, with a three-vote lead over newcomer Tobon, who ran against him unsuccessfully in 2010. Earlier that night, an initial tally had shown Tobon with a 12-point lead over San Bento, but these figures were later amended by the Board of Elections to reflect San Bento with 544 votes to Tobon's 541 votes.
Monday's recount took several twists and turns at the State Board of Elections, where all of the District 58 voter ballots were re-run through the computerized readers, turning up a tie vote of 543 for both San Bento and Tobon.
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