Belmar council race narrows to nine-vote margin

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BELMAR- Unofficial results from the Monmouth County Clerk’s office showed that Republican Jodi Kinney’s lead over Democrat Gerald Buccafusco has been cut to nine votes.

Results on Friday afternoon showed a 1,183 – 1,174 vote advantage for the GOP candidate Jodi Kinney in the race for a three-year term on the borough council.

According to the clerk’s office, election night mail-in ballots have been processed, with late mail-in ballots and provisional ballots pending. Machine ballots on election night as well as early-in person voting results have been processed.

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Under a new state law, mail-in ballots are accepted by the county board of elections up to six days after the polls close as long as they are post-marked on Election Day.

Initial results on election day showed that Ms. Kinney was 30 votes ahead of Mr. Buccafusco in a race for a three-year term on the Belmar borough council.

Both candidates are aiming for their first term on the borough council, replacing outgoing Council President Pat Wann. Currently, Republicans hold a 4-1 majority.

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