At midnight Tuesday, there was a single vote margin between incumbent Catherine Parker and Rafael Elias-Linero for the remaining seat on the Rye City Council.
"I don't think you can declare a race based on one vote," said Catherine Parker who held out hope a total vote count make change the tide in her direction.
Parker's patience may be well-considered. By Wednesday, the margin of votes between her and opponent Rafael Elias-Linero have so far swung in the incumbent's favor. But there are still enough unaccounted votes to make the final outcome uncertain.
With nine of fourteen districts reporting Wednesday afternoon, the margin between Parker and Elias-Linero may be unclear until every single vote is counted. With sixty-four percent of the votes in, Parker now has seventeen percent of the tally to Elias-Linero's sixteen percent.
Republicans Laura Brett and Joe Sack took the top two spots with nineteen and twenty percent of the vote respectively. Democratic incumbent Paula Gamache and former school board president Josh Nathan conceded defeat after finishing in the bottom two spots.