Voters in Niagara Falls returned incumbent Republican Ken Tompkins to the city council on Tuesday.
Unofficial results from the Niagara County Board of Elections showed the race for the second seat being won by another Republican John Spanbauer, who narrowly edged his closest challenger, Democrat Alicia Kenyon, by 23 votes.
While Tompkins, who received 4,991 votes, is assured a return to the council next year, it appears as though the final decision on the victor between Spanbauer and Kenyon will be decided only after a count of absentee ballots. Unofficial results showed Spanbauer receiving 3,994 votes and Kenyon earning 3,971.
Kenyon said 300 absentee ballots would need to be counted and could be counted as early as the end of the week or early next week.
"With only a difference of 20 votes, it's just too early to tell," Kenyon said.