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Battle in special election for state Senate seat razor close

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The battle for the Democratic Party nomination in a special election to fill the state Senate seat covering South Boston, Dorchester, and Mattapan remained razor close Tuesday night, with state Representatives Linda Dorcena Forry and Nick Collins separated by just a few hundred votes.

With 100 percent of votes counted, results from the City of Boston showed Forry holding a lead of 378 votes out of a total of 21,730 votes cast in the three-way Democratic primary.

Forry stood on stage at the Phillips Old Colony House just after 10 p.m. and declared victory in the Democratic primary for the 1st Suffolk state Senate seat. As of 10:15, Collins had yet to appear at the Blarney Stone, where supporters had gathered.

The Associated Press had declared Collins the winner 45 minutes earlier, but the Forry campaign remained insistent that their campaign held a slight lead.

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