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Peoria mayoral race still too close to call

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PEORIA (WEEK) -- A day after the election, Peoria's mayoral race is still too close to call.

Jim Montelongo holds a slight 73-vote lead over Rita Ali. But that race is still far from over, even with 100% of precincts reporting.

Tom Bride at the Peoria County Election commission says they will continue to count mail-in ballots that were postmarked by Tuesday.

"Nothing was ever official on Election Night," Bride said. "But when you had the vast majority of the votes in, you could make a call... That's not the case now. So not being able to make a call on Election Night I think probably has something to do with vote-by-mail."

The next count of mail-in ballots takes place Thursday, the earliest that a winner could be declared. Bride says they are expecting around 400 more mail-in ballots to be counted.

One big race that could be called last night is the Peoria District 1 City Council seat.

Denise Jackson garnered 70 percent of the vote and defeated incumbent Denise Moore. Jackson, a former reporter at this station will take office next month. She says she's excited to bring change on the south side while

"At the end of the day, we've got to look beyond the election and decide and ask ourselves 'what can I do?' to help make our community stronger," Jackson said.

Her opponent Denise Moore wished her luck in her new position.

"I wish Ms. Jackson a lot of luck," Moore said. "You really have to be committed to more than just one part of the district. You really have to be committed to the entire district."

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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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