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Q.C. mayoral, council hopefuls await final tallies in close races

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Posted: Thursday, March 11, 2004 9:50 am | Updated: 5:27 pm, Thu Oct 6, 2011.

Maricopa County election officials were working Wednesday to verify and tabulate 271 early and provisional ballots that remained uncounted in Queen Creek, with final results expected to be released late today.

The uncounted ballots, about 70 more than Queen Creek officials had anticipated, left open the mayoral and three available Town Council seats, all of which were still too close to call.

Uncounted ballots included those delivered after Friday by hand or mail, and "provisional" ballots, which may or may not be valid because of questions about the voters’ eligibility.

As of Tuesday, 1,303 ballots had been counted.

Incumbent Town Council candidates Gail Barney and Lisa Coletto-Cohen and challenger Toni Valenzuela are strong hopefuls to fill the three council seats, based on results so far.

Councilman David Dobbs and challenger Mark Belnap were considerably behind, but both have a chance to win or participate in a runoff if they received a high percentage of the uncounted votes.

Mayor Wendy Feldman-Kerr was leading the mayoral race against challenger Kevin Petersen, but there was still the possibility that Petersen could cause an upset.

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