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One vote separates rivals in Peoria Township Supervisor’s race

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PEORIA (WEEK) - Tuesday's primary election was another example that every vote counts.

"To me, I'm treating it like a baseball game," incumbent Frank Abdnour said. "We're going into extra innings."

In the Democratic Primary for Peoria Township Supervisor, Abdnour was down by just one vote to political newcomer LaTrina Leary. As of Election night, Leary had 3,054 votes to Abdnour's 3,053.

"I didn't realize it was going to be this close of a race," Leary said.

The Peoria County Election Commission is responsible for collecting and tabulating the votes. Executive Director Tom Bride says the narrow margin is rare, but not unprecedented.

"In local elections, because there aren't as many votes, it's more likely to happen, to have them close," Bride said.

Bride says there are just under 300 mail-in ballots that are outstanding. They will start counting the remaining mail-in ballots on Thursday.

And while there are no automatic recounts in the state of Illinois, candidates can request a limited discovery recount that can help a candidate determine whether a full recount could change results.

The candidate has to pay for the discovery recount, which can recount votes in 10 percent of precincts. The candidate would then have to file suit in court for a judge to actually change any of the results.

In this case, both candidates said they are waiting until all of the mail-in ballots are counted before even considering a recount request.

"This is why we have to keep pushing that you know, that every vote counts," Leary said.

The winner of the primary will run unopposed in the April General Election.

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Alex Gaul

Alex Gaul joined WEEK 25 News and Heart of Illinois ABC in January 2021 as a Multimedia Journalist. He formerly worked for KPNX-TV and KAET-TV, both in Phoenix, Arizona. The Illinois-native is an alum of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University.

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