Although the Board of Elections was busy counting the 25,000 absentee ballots on Wednesday, they were unable to finish by the end of the day, which leaves candidates in tight races still uncertain about the results.
Two candidates that are anxiously awaiting those results are State House Representative Dan Reilly in District 72 which serves Middletown and sections of Portsmouth, as well his challenger Linda Finn. Without the absentee votes, Finn is up by 87 votes.
The results from those mail-in ballots are expected by Thursday afternoon.
“At this point, I am anxiously awaiting the results of the mail ballots, which I do believe will make this race even closer, if not successful for me,” said Reilly.
Finn won Middletown by 296 votes but lost Portsmouth by 209 votes.
"It is very clear that it is a very competitive race in a very competitive district," said Reilly.
Finn said overall, she has enjoyed the race and has met a lot of great people along the campaign trail.
“It’s been a great race, very civil race,” she said last night.
For the Town Council race, which has seven to elect, Robert Sylvia is the seventh highest vote getter, leading incumbent Edward Silveira by just 81 votes. Over 700 Middletown residents requested a mail-in ballot, but it is uncertain how many voted for the council race.
"The race is not over," Sylvia reminded those who congratulated him at the democratic election party on Tuesday night.