Razor-thin margin — mayoral candidate wins by 2 votes in town of Amesbury

As the vote tally trickled in Tuesday night for the mayoral race in Amesbury, all signs pointed to a close race. But not this close.

Amesbury’s incumbent mayor Thatcher Kezer lost by only two votes to C. Kenneth Gray. Kezer garnered 2,090 votes for Mayor on Tuesday while Gray received 2,092 votes, said Sharon Dunning, Amesbury assistant city clerk.

No decision has been made yet regarding a recount.

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The city’s other posts that were up for election Tuesday — including city councilors and the school committee — didn’t see any results as nailbitingly close as those for mayor, though some races saw a difference of only a couple dozen votes, according to unofficial results provided by the city. There are 11,142 registered voters in Amesbury, Dunning said.

Kezer posted a statement on his campaign website in which he asked for a recount.

“The slimmest of margins do determine the direction of this community,” Kezer said in the statement. “By asking for a recount, we can validate the results to determine that no ballot was missed.”

Kezer and Gray could not be immediately reached for comment.

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